We can all control marine pollution, if we can change our habits. By waiting governments for taking action on waste management, we can all contribute to keep our waters clean.
Nowadays there are many movements on cleaning oceans from plastic. Yet there are still many places that look like an underwater landfill. However the cleaning up is not enough if we are keeping the same lifestyle.
If we are looking for reasons to act, they are many and they are simple. On one hand our own wellbeing is depends on oceans. Over 70% of Earth’s surface is covered in water. Therefore marine plants produce the 70% of Earth’s oxygen.
Moreover marine life is a part of the our food chain. Yet fishing is the main food sources for communities that have no alternative. Still we continue to pollute our waters with mercury, turning fish into health hazard.
But we can still change our behavior and save our oceans from becoming too toxic. Here are five simple actions that can become habits into our daily life.
Control marine pollution by reducing litter
Whatever waste we produce will end up in landfills or mainly in the oceans. Even if we put all our wastes in bins or our recycling containers, the most wastes we produce end up in the water.
One reason is of actions we can not control, like lost during transportation of the wastes. Yet our litter is mostly the reason we pollute the water.
However we do not pollute the waters when we dump our litter on the beach. Even if we littered in the mountains, the rivers will eventually carry the wastes into the sea.
Therefore we need to stop litter even in the most remote places. Simple as it may seem we actually have control the marine pollution by stop polluting.
If we achieve to become responsible citizens, the pollution of the oceans will decrease with the cleaning initiatives. But also we must become responsible travellers to keep nature destinations clean.
Buying products which package dissolves in water
Currently there is a lot of information on packages and plastic that can decompose in months rather in hundreds of years. Yet they may be not environmental friendly if they end up in the sea.
These products decompose by burying them landfills. However they are sensitive in temperature and moisture. Therefore they do not decompose the same way in water.
One the other hand products have now ‘vanishing’ package. More and more companies are selling dissolvable packaging products.
Hence natural materials are becoming packages that break up almost immediately when soaked. In this was we can control marine pollution by making wastes disappeared.
Choosing eco-friendly washing products
We must keep in mind that whatever goes down our drain ends up in the ocean. In this way we can make responsible product purchases.
Therefore we should choose cleaning and washing products that do not harm the environment. By now the industry is manufacturing products that are eco-friendly and we can learn about them from their labels.
Although there are so many different labels, in Europe is maybe simpler if we choose products from the EU Ecolabel catalogue. Here we can find cleaning products as well as personal care products.
Starting buying reusable products
In order to reduce wastes we need to rethink our choices. If we want to lay our bodies on a litter-free beach, we should consider buying products that can not become wastes after use.
Therefore we can actually choose reusable products that will become wastes in many years. By reducing the volume of our wastes, we can manage them easily. Also we prevent them from being dump into the sea.
In addition there are many people who choose to live a zero-waste lifestyle. Hence there example show us it is possible.
Even if we can not find reusable products locally, we can still buy them through the internet. Therefore we have no possible excuse to buy wisely and try to control overconsumption.
Education to control marine pollution
Environmental education is a part of our life by now. Even in developing economies, education on environmental protection is included in the curriculum.
However environmental education can not stop at school. As science and technology are evolving, now knowledge and tools are available for consumers. In order to make the best environmentally friendly lifestyle choices we should try to educate ourselves.
As we have enter the digital era, we are now able to learn everything through our screens. Yet we must be careful where we look for information.
Therefore we should choose to educate ourselves with reliable information from government bodies or familiar NGOs. Moreover environmental scientists are also writing posts. They are aiming to inform the public using simple no-technical language.
Another way to be inform is books. There are many books on marine pollution that can satisfy anyone with knowledge and expertise. One of the most detailed books is Marine Pollution
by Judith S. Weis.