World Oceans Day is one of only a handful of genuinely Universal holidays (Earth Day being numero uno followed by World Environment Day), and it’s the little things that make a big difference.
We are all humans on the same rock, and the state of our oceans does affect all of us. We all share the same oceans making it our responsibility to care and preserve these waters for generations to come. Celebrating World Ocean’s day is a simple premise that requires only a small effort to make a significant change.
Skip the plastic to-go cup. You are on vacation, sit down and enjoy your coffee, juice or adult beverage and ask that it be served in glass.
Avoid the 6-pack plastic rings. Buying cold cervezas? Buy only bottled beer that is in a paper box-style 6-pack packaging. 6-pack plastic rings, which can hurt not only the sea life but land-loving animals as well can get tangled up in them.
Choose mineral sunscreens, especially lotions containing non-nano zinc dioxide as the primary active ingredient. Here is a list of reef safe sunscreens
Avoid aerosol sunscreens. Much of what you spray leaves a residue on the sand, which is then washed, back into the ocean.
Buy or bring a reusable bag. Don’t accept your purchases to be put into plastic bags. Plastic bags affect marine life in different ways, and have already led to the death of hundreds of thousands of marine animals according to Ocean Plastic.
Buying a locally made reusable bag can not only come in handy when going to the vegetable market, or shopping in the grocery store but it can make a nice souvenir.
Give up the plastic water bottle. Buy a stainless steel or reusable bottle while on vacation or bring it from home. Fill it up from your garafon (the big water bottle in your condo or villa vacation rentals).
Skip the Straw. Few people realize that straws are among the top 10 items found during beach cleanups and can do so much harm to seabirds, turtles and other marine creatures.