5 ways that you can protect our oceans
The immeasurable vast of the oceans on earth never fails to captivate us with their beauty. Not only are they breathtakingly beautiful, but they are also critical for the livelihood of every living creature that calls our planet home. However, in recent decades, pollution and overfishing have added more and more strain to our giant blue source of life. Now it is up to us to ensure that the earth remains a habitable place in the future. Your help is needed to make this possible! We will show you five ways that you can protect the oceans every day, so that you can give something back to nature.
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1. Avoid microplastics
Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic, which are often found in face masks, face/body washes or toothpaste. They are so tiny that they get through every filtering system, and therefore large quantities of them end up directly in the sea, where they cause lasting damage to the fragile ecosystem. Make sure that natural, degradable materials are used instead of microplastics when buying your care products.
Another great tip that’s well worthwhile: the Guppyfriend is a wash bag which filters out any microfibres which are released from your clothes during cycles. After washing, you can simply dispose of the residue in your household waste - i.e. you prevent it from getting into the sewage and therefore also into the groundwater. Extra benefit: reducing the amount of abrasion that your clothes are exposed to also extends their lifespan.
2. Look after our beaches
Live on the coast or have a beach holiday planned this year? Great! Spend half an hour before or after your sunbathing session collecting abandoned plastic waste and taking it to a recycling bin. It might sound like an insignificant thing, but this small effort makes a huge difference! Or like Benjamin Franklin said:
Little strokes fell great oaks.
3. Reduce, reuse, recycle
Disposable plastic products are one of the biggest environmental issues. Therefore, it’s best to always have a basic set of reusable substitutes: a water bottle, beaker, maybe even a straw made from steel and your own cutlery. That’s a great start to avoid creating unnecessary plastic waste when you’re travelling.
Speaking of recycling and sustainability: with the Texapore Ecosphere collection, we have managed to manufacture a windproof and waterproof coat made of 100% recycled materials. As a result, we not only save raw materials, but also reduce CO2 emissions when producing our recycled membrane and recycling the yarns for our fabrics.
4. Travel conscientiously
When travelling, leave each destination in the same state that you found it. This is especially important when travelling in the great outdoors, for example when hiking. This is how sustainability works: take all your rubbish with you, as sooner or later it will end up in the sea if left behind. Leave the flora and fauna as untouched as possible. That way you can enjoy nature without causing damage to it! More tips, like how you can travel conscientiously, can be found in our magazine article.
5. Spread the word!
Environmentally conscientious people like you have the biggest influence on these issues, when you continue to grow in numbers around the world. So invite your friends and family to follow these simple tips too. Knowing that you have made a contribution to protecting our world’s oceans is the most gratifying feeling in the world. So: spread the word!