Microplastics, toxic waste, global warming…just to name a few, are all threatening the health of our seas and other water bodies. One might consider, what can a single person do for cleaner seas? Well there are many possible concrete actions, varying from raising awareness to picking up trash from the beach while jogging. In this article, we are going to present five most popular suggestions for cleaner seas that people have posted on Bubbling Pledge Application during July 2018.
The Bubbling Pledge for Cleaner Seas is a web based application, where people can share their ideas and suggestions to help our seas. Sharing ideas, commenting and liking can be done fully anonymously or by logging in. Here are the top five excellent ideas, that people have shared on the application:
1. Carry Your Own Personal Cup And/Or Bottle
According to Forbes, globally people buy 1 million plastic bottles per minute. And only 9% of these bottles are recycled. So you could say there’s a problem. Carrying around your own reusable bottle could cut down this buying rate. On the other hand, there are multiple locations around the world where tap water is not drinkable, which can make it difficult not to buy bottled water. Maybe the attention should be in recycling processes and improving them?
Own personal cup, for example in the office, is great example how one can do something concrete for the seas. Using disposable coffee cups every time you get a cup of coffee is not really sustainable way. Favoring your own personal cup or mug cuts down the waste created by using disposable cups, and thus decreases the burden on the environment.
2. Use Organic Detergent Instead Of Normal One, Which Is High In Chemical Content
It’s true, that some laundry detergents are harmful for the environment. For example, according to Sciencing’s article some chemicals, like nonylphenol ethoxylate, can be found in some of the regular laundry detergents, which makes detergent toxic for marine life. Also some dyes found in regular detergents can be harmful to fish and other aquatic life.
3. Closer To Zero Waste By Using Reusable Produce Bags
Replacing disposable plastic bags with reusable ones is quite common every day thing that one can do for the environment. And it’s pretty easy action to take too! According to Huffington Post’s article, around 8,6 billion kilos (19 billion pounds) of plastic waste ends up in the oceans every year and this amount is increasing, unless some actions are taken. The biggest source of plastic trash are singe-used packaging, plastic bottles and plastic bags, so you might want to reconsider the next time you are about to buy a plastic bag for groceries.
4. Join Voluntary Oil Recovery Forces Of WWF
Joining WWF’s oil recovery volunteers is quite country specific, but for example in Finland this can be done easily on WWF Finland’s web sites. Oil recovery volunteers are assisting officials in case of an oil related emergencies. These kind of situations usually include an oil tanker or ship, which leaks oil to the environment and waters.
5. Learn More About The Recycling Processes
Learning and education might be one of the major keys on the way towards cleaner seas. After all, enlightening people about recycling processes can help to people to realize the importance of recycling systems and motivate to recycle. Recycling education concerns everyone from schools to business organizations. In schools the children are probably being taught basic recycling rules, whereas in organizations the recycling education might include decreasing the use of paper in the office etc.
Thank you for the excellent suggestions regarding the health of the seas. You can share your own ideas, like and comment on the others’ ideas or just explore the concrete actions people are taking on Bubble Pledge App! Stay tuned for August’s top list coming out next September.