There’s so much going on globally about our oceans being polluted and how ocean pollution is affecting us. While it’s a big issue and sounds difficult to control, there are actually a number of things you could do yourself, or with your group of friends, to help control pollution issues in the ocean.
Here’s What You Can Do To Stop Ocean Pollution
1. Reduce Waste – Almost 80 percent of the total waste in the oceans come from the garbage that we generate. The biggest way in which you can reduce ocean pollution is by reducing the amount of waste you create each day. Using less plastic and going for more reusable options such as cloth, re-using the things you have at home, planning your shopping list, reducing food waste, and only buying the essentials are a few ways in which you can bring down the amount of waste you generate.
2. Drains Are Not Garbage Bins – Before you flush down anything through the drain, remember that most likely, it will finally end up in the ocean! So be careful and let only water run down through the drain instead of choking it with cigarette butts, used sanitary pads, plastic wraps, pieces of chewing gum, hair, nails (yes you’ll be surprised at what all we send into the drains!). Another way to make sure less garbage reaches the oceans is by reducing the amount of waste on the roads.
3. Wash The Car In The Lawn – When you wash your car on the street or in an open area with sewage pipes connected around it, the suds and the water from your car wash end up reaching the ocean. If you have a lawn, you can wash the car there and also let the plants and grass benefit from the water. Another alternative is to simply wipe down your cars with wet cloth instead of using too much soap and water. Saves a great deal of water too! There are some car wash services that offer to wash your car and reuse the water. Find out if there is one near where you stay.
4. Start A Local Beach Clean-Up Group – If you know other like-minded people, you could start a group to help clean up a nearby beach. With so much rubbish being thrown on the beaches, imagine what all goes back in the water each time the tide comes in. If you do take up this initiative, make sure you wear protective gloves. Not only will it clean up the area, it will keep our oceans clean and may also inspire others to volunteer and help you clean up.
5. Reduce Chemical Use – It is one of the safest ways you can ensure that harmful chemicals do not reach the sea and endanger the marine life, and also prevent the dangers from coming back to us. Chemicals found in pesticides and fertilizers seep into the ocean, mixing with the the food of the marine creatures and killing them, or landing in our food plates. An easy way to avoid this is to plant local seasonal produce, or use natural products instead of pesticides and fertilizers. Go for non-toxic cleaning products, or better still, make non-toxic, safe and budget-friendly cleaning products at home!
Planet saverz, there’s a lot we can all do together, and the way to make sure things happen is by taking that first step. If you’re planning to do any of this, do let us know all about it so that we can happily spread the word 🙂
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