Keen to save our seas? 6 simple ways to protect our oceans

Did you know that, if we do nothing, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic in them than fish?  And we’re not only talking discarded bottles and containers. Microplastics are also a huge problem! 

 

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles (smaller than 5mm) that are not biodegradable and are almost impossible to remove from our oceans. They can flow straight into the sea from our drains and be consumed by marine life.  Some key microplastic culprits are body washes, cosmetics, nylon and polyester clothes, and disposable period pads.

Although on 21st July 2017 the British government took an amazing step in the right direction by announcing a ban on microbeads in cosmetics. However, microplastics are still in some cosmetics.

Trust us, you don’t have to change up your everyday to help reduce the amount of waste in our oceans! Just swapping from a single-use product to a reusable can make a huge difference. Check out some of our eco-swaps to see if you can make the switch and live life greener! 

Top easy zero-waste swaps 

1. Reusable cotton buds

It’s scary to think that we use approximately 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds in the UK every year. Many of these cotton buds find their way into our ocean, affecting our beautiful marine life. Researchers have even found cotton bud fragments in seabirds and whole sticks in turtles - this is so, so sad. 

We can all play our part and do something to help stop marine life from feeling the effects of our cotton bud habit!  Have you ever considered switching to reusable cotton buds?

Reusable cotton buds are sea-friendly, a great money-saver, and are simple to wash and travel with!  What’s not to love?

 

2. Reusable period pads

A single disposable pad can be made from 90% plastic…eek! With an estimated 1.5‐2 billion menstrual items being flushed down Britain’s toilet, that’s a lot of plastic down the loo.

Are you a flusher or a binner? It’s a no-brainer really, but one of the simplest way to help prevent our oceans from becoming littered with tampons and period pads is to throw disposables in the bin rather than flushing. 

If you want to make an even bigger positive impact, why not swap your disposable period pads and tampons for reusable pads? Switching to reusable sanitary pads can feel a little daunting, but even changing your night-time disposable for a reusable period pad can make a difference.

Fancy having an eco-period?  Shop our pad range here.

 

3. Shampoo bars

So, shampoo and condition bottles are a pretty big issue…80 billion shampoo and conditioner plastic bottles are thrown away globally every year!

We’re all guilty of reaching for our favourite brands of shampoo and soap bottled in plastic, but change is good, right?  It’s time to switch-up our hair routine with shampoo bars.

Shampoo bars cut out the need for plastic and come in super cute recycled cardboard boxes – who doesn’t love adding a bit of authentic décor to their bathroom? We’re sure the shampoo bars will catch the eye of your friends and family and encourage them to make the swap too!

 

4. Reusable wipes

Like your skincare and makeup products, do you ever check the ingredients listed on the back of wet wipes?  If not, you’ll be shocked to find out that wet wipes can contain synthetic fibres and even different types of plastic that don't fully biodegrade. So, when disposable wet wipes make up more than 90% of the material causing sewer blockages, just imagine how much wet wipes can affect our oceans!

Let’s be honest, single-use wet wipes are one of the easiest products to swap out of your beauty regime that will truly make a difference. It’s time to ditch those all too familiar disposables in favour of reusable wipes.

Reusable wipes are friends of the planet, oh-so-soft and easy to pop in the wash with your usual laundry, ready to reuse again.

You can check out our reusable wipes here.

 

5. Refills

Research has revealed that 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our ocean every year. Helping to make waves in our world of plastic is the refill revolution!

Sometimes avoiding plastic can seem like an impossible task, especially when shopping for food and cosmetics, but refill stores are helping to make a change and a shift in our mindsets! 

Already buying loose fruit and veg and thinking about what you can do next? Take your plastic-free shopping to the next level by taking a trip to your local refill store.

Simply take your refillable containers and top up your cupboards with delicious natural foods and makeup.  Don’t forget your bags for life too!

 

6. Beach clean

Love the fresh air and sea breeze? One of the best ways to make up for plastic waste in our oceans is to take action and join in with a local beach clean.  You’ll feel super rewarded knowing that you’ve helped to make a difference.

If you don’t have a beach close to you, try to reduce, reuse and recycle as much plastic as you can every day to help minimise the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans and sitting on our shores.