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300 million tons of plastic are produced and used in the world each year, and only 5% is recycled or recovered.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

  

  1. Spend some time RESEARCHING and LEARNING about conservation issues impacting our oceans and  our planet. There are hundreds of great resources, websites and texts that are amazing tools in learning and becoming aware of CURRENT ISSUES and provide tips for how you can help.  KNOWLEDGE is power.

  2. ATTEND lectures and events, and converse with others who can provide more information and resources. 

  3. Watch DOCUMENTARIES and films on all topics environmental to help get a bigger picture.  

EDUCATE OTHERS

  

  1. SPREAD the word and keep talking.  So few people are aware of the extent of conservation issues facing our oceans, especially in non-coastal areas where the visual evidence is less apparent.

  2. LEAD by example!  Live a clean and conscious lifestyle and others will inquire and follow suite.

  3. Share articles on CURRENT research and findings regarding conservation issues. 

  4. Hand out educational pamphlets, or send EMAILS to your community and local stores.

  5. Ask your local SCHOOLS to educate students or bring in a guest speaker who can.

  6. SHARE your own stories and experiences. 

 

 

ADVOCATE

  

  1. RALLY your COMMUNITY, hold a DISCUSSION, organize a MARCH to spread awareness.

  2. Follow POLICIES, sign PETITIONS, call your local REPRESENTATIVES with your suggestions. 

  3. ASK your local stores to stop providing plastic bags to customers and to reduce plastic packaging.

  4. ASK your local restaurants to use biodegradable to-go containers and utensils, and stop providing plastic straws.

  5. Follow up with your RECYCLING CENTERS to make sure items are actually being recycled.  It doesn't matter how many people are diligent about recycling if your local center is not following recycling standards.

  6. Go to your CITY OFFICIALS and ask for more efficient trash and recycling centers. 

  7. Tack up POSTERS around your community informing your neighbors of current issues to be aware of. 

  8. SAY SOMETHING when you see someone litter or not recycle.  It's time to speak up!

VOLUNTEER

   

  1. ORGANIZE a local trash pick-up event to clean a public beach, park or highway!  Bring your community together for a productive, educational and community-building experience.  

  2. Ask your local businesses to SPONSOR your conservation event and provide collection bags, beverages and snacks for the volunteers.

  3. Hold a FUNDRAISER to raise money for conservation organizations who need your help.

  4. VOLUNTEER with local conservation and preservation organizations.  You'll be providing a great service while building connections, community and education.

  5. Get PADI certified and volunteer with your dive shop to do underwater clean-ups.

  6. Start a local conservation or nature CLUB or HIKE, where people can come together to talk about and observe current issues and discuss how the community can help.

REDUCE PLASTIC USE 

    

  1. REDUCE the amount of plastic you buy and throw, especially single-use plastics.  What you use for a minute, take 400 years to break down in the environment. 

  2. REUSE plastic bags, containers, straws, plastic wrap and more.  

  3. Be cautious of what you can and cannot RECYCLE.  Although technically "recyclable", most plastics are not recycled.  Dirty recyclable plastic will also not be recycled, so spend the time to clean the plastic you are attempting to recycle.  One unusable item can contaminate an entire batch of recyclable plastics.

  4. By continuing to buy plastic, you continue to support and encourage the manufacturing of plastic.  By lowering your demand, the supply must also decrease.  

  5. Make your own cosmetics, hygiene products, cleaning solutions and more!  Click HERE for some recipes!

  6. Move towards a clean plastic-free lifestyle.  Click HERE for a complete lists of steps you can take to reduce daily plastic. 

REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT

    

  1. BUNDLE up instead of turning up the heat.

  2. Open your WINDOWS or turn on a FAN instead of using your air conditioning.

  3. WALK, BIKE or CARPOOL instead of driving whenever you can.

  4. Use a PUSH MOWER instead of a gas-powered one, or plant your lawn with bee-friendly NATIVE PLANTS instead of invasive grasses. 

  5. CANOE or Kayak instead of using a motor boat with toxic oils and gas.

  6. STAY LOCAL.  Support local businesses and farmers to reduce the carbon footprint created in shipping food and goods across countries. 

SMALL STEPS FOR CLEAN LIVING

  

  1. Use REEF-SAFE, chemical-free sunscreens only. 

  2. Cut your SHOWERS in half to save on clean water.

  3. Go ORGANIC.  Do not use fertilizers on your yard or gardens.  These chemicals are washed into the ground water.

  4. Buy sustainable CLOTHING with natural fibers.  The manufacturing of clothing creates a lot of toxic waste, while washing machines create thousands of micro-plastic fibers when cleaning synthetic clothing. 

  5. Buy CLEAN products and be AWARE of what you dump down your drains.  Cleaners, paints and chemicals all end up in your ground water.  Even your shampoos and soaps may have harmful chemicals in them.  

  6. EAT SMART.  Only eat sustainable meat choices, and stay local.  Most packaged food travels thousands of miles, creating a huge carbon footprint.  Avoid food in plastic and styrofoam packaging. 

  7. Never eat foods that contain shark, sea turtle, or other endangered animals.

  8. Don't buy products that exploit marine life, such as tortoiseshell jewelry, which is made from the shell of the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle.  Shark tooth jewelry comes from illegal shark fishing and coral reefs are destroyed to get you your coral decorations.

  9. Do not support businesses that exploit marine life, such as SeaWorld.

  10. NEVER buy cosmetics containing shark squalene (oil from the livers of deep sea sharks)

DONATE

  

  1. DONATE to volunteer and non-profit conservation organizations.  Any and all support for these groups will help encourage, aid and propel forward movement.  SUPPORT is also important for growth and development of current and new organizations who are working towards the same goals.  

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