2. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Use a reusable tote bag when shopping for groceries, drink out of a reusable water bottle, buy a water filter, and recycle. These simple efforts help reduce the amount of plastic that pollutes our ocean.
3. Refer to a sustainable seafood guide when choosing which fish to consume. By choosing to eat fish caught using eco-friendly practices, you can enjoy your seafood knowing you’re making a choice that’s good for both you and the ocean.
4. Help take care of your local beach. Whether you’re surfing, diving, or relaxing, always clean up after a visit to the beach. Also, try to take part in local beach cleanups to keep your beaches clean.
5. Help influence change in your community. Make sure you vote responsibly. Research and contact your local representatives to see what their environmental policy is.
6. All drains lead to the ocean! Remember to properly dispose of hazardous materials in an environmentally safe way. Things like motor oil and other materials often end up washing into coastal areas because they are not disposed of properly. This pollutes the water and hurts the overall health of our oceans.
7. Reduce your food footprint. Eat more locally grown, organic, in-season food. Take a trip to the local farmers market or shop at a natural foods store. This helps reduce the amount of time and effort food has to travel to reach you.
8. Use cleaner transport. Try to carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible. Use buses and trains for transportation on trips as a nice change, rather than airplanes and cars.
9. Reduce energy use. Install energy efficient appliances in your home. Use compact fluorescent bulbs, low flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets, and weatherproof your home to reduce energy costs and help the environment.
10. Share our cause with your friends and family! These tips will help you make subtle changes in your lifestyle and help save the ocean!