we recently partnered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to clean up Kahuku Beach on Oahu. we loved working with them so much, we thought we’d do it again to celebrate World Oceans Day. unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to spend a day at the beach together, but we did catch up long enough for them to share 11 ocean facts everyone should know.
1. the ocean is downstream from everywhere, so when we drop litter or leave trash lying around, the wind and water carry it out to the sea. main takeaway: use products that encourage reuse and minimize waste.
2. plastic never goes away. it’s different from natural, organic things like wood, paper and cotton. so use plastic sparingly, or better yet, don’t use it at all.
3. each year 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds are killed by trash found in the ocean. almost every albatross in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands has plastic in their bellies.
4. following the four R’s—refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle—are relatively easy ways to do your bit for the beach.
5. if we don’t create trash in the first place then we don’t need to worry about where it will end up. say “no” to plastic bags and take your own reusable bag when you go shopping.
6. even the best sushi has a downside. commercial fishing can have harmful effects on sea habitat and fish populations. get to know your local fishermen or women.
7. plastic never goes away. the single use fork you may use at lunch will be around longer than you, your kids, your grandkids—and even longer. now, that’s something to think about.
8. clean beaches start at home with the products you use. there’s enough plastic in this world to make the products we need. you don’t need to add more plastic to the mess. choose compostable packaging or recyclable plastic made out of 100% post-consumer plastic, like method bottles.
9. you can use your shopping power to help save the seas. support companies that put the ocean before their bottom line. choose Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii as your non-profit of choice to support when shopping online with Amazon. simply go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.
10. your voice matters. reach out to your local city delegates and representatives to take a stand on important issues like banning styrofoam, smoking on the beach and plastic bags or boosting recycling measures.
11. beach clean ups are a great way to learn more about the issue and get involved in a hands on solution. to sign up to clean up, follow @sustainablecoastlineshawaii on Instagram and Facebook.