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As we celebrate World Ocean Day on June 8th, it’s a poignant reminder of the vital role our oceans play in sustaining life on Earth. Oceans cover over 70% of our planet’s surface. They produce more than half of the world’s oxygen and house a vast array of biodiversity. Nevertheless, these magnificent ecosystems are under severe threat from pollution, climate change, and overfishing. Likewise, one of the most pressing issues is plastic pollution, which endangers marine life and disrupts delicate ecological balances. This World Ocean Day, let’s commit to making a difference by reducing plastic use, opting for ocean-safe products, and raising awareness about ocean conservation.

Protecting Our Blue Planet on World Ocean Day

Reduce Plastic Use

Plastic pollution is a scourge on our oceans, with millions of tons entering marine environments each year. To combat this, we can all take simple yet impactful steps to reduce our plastic footprint:

  1. Use Reusable Bags, Bottles, and Containers: Switching to reusable items for shopping, drinking, and food storage drastically cuts down on single-use plastic waste. Likewise, choose stainless steel, glass, or durable BPA-free plastic options.
  2. Say No to Single-Use Plastics: Avoid plastic straws, cutlery, plates, and cups. Many eco-friendly alternatives are available, for instance, bamboo or compostable materials.
  3. Support Legislation: Advocate for policies that limit plastic production and enhance recycling efforts. Likewise, support local bans on single-use plastics and participate in community clean-up events.

Choose Ocean-Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

The beauty and personal care industry significantly impacts marine environments, especially through microplastics and harmful chemicals that wash down our drains. Here are some tips to ensure your personal care routine is ocean-friendly:

  1. Check Ingredients: Avoid products containing microbeads (tiny plastic particles) and harmful chemicals, for instance, oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are common in sunscreens and are detrimental to coral reefs.
  2. Opt for Biodegradable Products: Choose shampoos, soaps, and detergents labelled as biodegradable or 100% natural. These break down more easily and are less harmful to aquatic life.
  3. Use Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Many sunscreens contain chemicals that contribute to coral bleaching. Look for reef-safe sunscreens that use minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are less harmful to marine ecosystems.
  4. Ditch the plastic Earbuds: Those little blue plastic sticks between the cotton buds end up in our waters a thousandfold, causing havoc with marine life and fish. Instead, opt for natural earbuds that are much safer for you and the ocean.

Raise Awareness

Spreading knowledge about the importance of ocean conservation is crucial. Here’s how you can help create a ripple effect:

  1. Educate Yourself and Others: Stay informed about ocean issues and share your knowledge with friends, family, and social media networks. Similarly, use your voice to highlight the importance of protecting our oceans.
  2. Support Ocean Conservation Organizations: Donate to or volunteer with organizations dedicated to preserving marine environments. Especially as groups like Oceana, The Ocean Cleanup, and Sea Shepherd are always looking for support.
  3. Participate in World Ocean Day Events: Engage in activities and events that celebrate and advocate for the oceans. Whether it’s a beach clean-up, a seminar, or an art project, your participation helps amplify the message of ocean conservation.

This World Ocean Day, let’s unite to protect our oceans for future generations. By reducing plastic use, choosing ocean-safe products, and raising awareness, each of us can contribute to a healthier, more sustainable world. The oceans are a crucial part of our planet’s health and our own survival. Consequently, let’s treat them with the respect and care they deserve.

Together, we can turn the tide against sea pollution and ensure that our blue planet thrives for centuries to come. Happy World Ocean Day!

Nicole Sherwin

Nicole Sherwin

Nicole Sherwin is passionate about the environment, wellness, and social responsibility with a strong belief in animal rights and beauty without cruelty. She worked in Los Angeles for six years, where she created a non-profit event and Expo THE GREEN LOUNGE EXPERIENCE, interviewing celebrities about their healthy lifestyles, the charities they support, and their health and skincare regimens. After returning to Cape Town in 2010, Nicole joined Simply Green magazine as their editor. She was then invited to join the team as a DIY eco expert on a morning show.  Two years and over 80 natural formulas later, Nicole became known as ‘Eco-Diva’. With requests from viewers to turn her DIY formulas into products, she set about finding an eco-certified laboratory in Cape Town. Fifteen of her recipes have been trialed, tested, and perfected to make up Eco Diva Natural. At Eco Diva Natural you can rest assured that there are zero toxic ingredients ever used in the range, only helpful, nourishing, nutritious superfoods that allow your skin to heal and repair every day.

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