1. Be green/blue
Elevated water temperatures, mainly due to global warming, are disrupting the ocean’s balance and consequently its health. Reducing our carbon footprint, eating organic foods, conserving water, and consuming non-toxic products can help lessen these destructive effects. REMEMBER: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
2. Don’t wash your own car
By washing your own car you are not only using about 60% more water but you are also allowing untreated chemical runoffs to flow into the streets and ultimately our oceans. Instead get a commercial car wash and use that extra time to educate yourself about the ocean!
3. Be mindful of what you flush and put down your drains
Food remnants, excessive grease and other such clogging agents can build up in city sewer lines, causing sewage overflow which ultimately ends up in the ocean. Remember the products you use to wash your body and your clothes also end up down the drain. So be sure to use natural products that are both better for you and the ocean.
4. Use non-toxic cleaning products
Avoid using toxic household cleaning products which are harmful to our well being and that of our ocean’s. Click here for instructions on how to make your own cleaning products using all natural (yet highly effective) ingredients.
5. Take action. Spread the word.
Get involved and do your part in keep the coastline and the ocean clean. Participate in or organize a beach cleanup on a regular basis. Educate yourself and other on the current state of our ocean. Furthermore, vote keeping the health of the environment and our ocean in mind.
6. Ditch the plastic
Avoid the use of plastic bags and any unnecessary plastic packaging. Plastic marine debris is severely threatening the health of all marine life. Say NO to plastics by taking our plastic bag ban pledge and encouraging others to do the same. Using a canvas tote to transport your goods from the store to the house is a great alternative!
7. Reduce consumption of seafood. Only eat sustainable.
Irresponsible and unsustainable fishing practices are one of the largest threats the marine world faces. Try to limit your seafood consumption and when you do choose to eat seafood check our sustainable seafood guide to make sure you are eating sustainably.
8. Don’t get caught up: dispose responsibly
Marine life can and do get tangled in fishing lines, nets, and plastic six pack rings. Unfortunately when this happens many of the entangled creatures end up dying. Be sure to cut and responsibly dispose of any item that marine animals can get entangled in.
9. Do your part to reduce air pollution
Air pollution plays a major role in water pollution and increases the acidity of our ocean. Riding your bike, skateboarding, walking, or taking public transit instead of taking your car are all great ways to reduce air pollution. Furthermore, avoid using products such as aerosol cans that are air pollutants.
10. Use natural pesticides and fertilizers
A large portion of soil (and whatever chemicals it’s treated with) ends up in the ocean. Keep it clean by using natural pesticides and making your own compost for fertilizer.
11. Don’t flush them: Marine animals don’t need our drugs
A variety of medication including antidepressants, hormones, and painkillers are turning up in our oceans and negatively effecting marine life. Responsible disposal requires that you either mix the unwanted meds with inedible materials such as kitty litter or coffee grinds before throwing them in the trash.
12. Do not return fish from an aquarium to into the wild
What most people don’t know (but should) is that not all marine life belong in the same part of the ocean. Sometimes setting a sea animal free in a part of the ocean other than its native marine environment can majorly disrupt the balance. Read more about invasive species here.
13. Don’t use antibacterial soap
A common ingredient in antibacterial soaps is triclosan. Unfortunately this substance is not fully removed by waste-water treatment and is highly toxic to marine life.
14. Dispose of hazardous materials responsibly
As part of your effort to save the ocean, you should dispose of all household items that contain hazardous substances such as batteries, lightbulbs, and electronics in a safe and responsible fashion.
Help organizations such as the Sea•thos foundation promote awareness and education of the human impact on the ocean. You can do so by either making a financial donation or donating your time.