Implementing these easy practices goes a long way when it comes to protecting our seas.

By Jacquelyne Froeber
March 04, 2009
Implementing these easy practices goes a long way when it comes to protecting our seas.

We previously compiled a list of simple things you can do to help keep our oceans thriving. Here are five fresh recommendations to add to the list:

1. Use cloth bags for shopping.

Why? Thousands of marine animals die every year from consuming trash. Plus, plastic bags are among the No. 1 landfill occupants, and take 1,000 years to degrade.


2. Forget bottled water.

Fill your favorite glass with H20 from the tap. Although more plastic bottles are recyclable, eight out of 10 end up in landfills. If you’re weary of toxic tap, get a water filter. Your wallet will thank you for saving the $3 per bottle, which can add up to more than $1,000 a year!


3. Make your own cleaning supplies.

Everything you put down the drain, into your washing machine, and on your lawn could eventually end up in the ocean. Try using natural products such as plain soap, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice when cleaning outside and inside your home. For sample products, see our Eco-Buys.

4. Build a greenscape.

Impermeable surfaces (concrete, tar) can lead to toxic runoff in the ocean. To create more-permeable spaces, use gravel for parking spaces and paths, plant native trees, greens, and grasses, or try a green roof. The eco-friendly upgrade can help reduce your heating and cooling bills while managing storm water runoff.

5. Purchase sustainable seafood―even when dining out.

Ask your server if the seafood is local, or if your choice has the Marine Stewardship Council’s seal of approval. If it doesn’t match sustainable standards, communicate your disappointment to the manager, and ask friends and family to request local, sustainable seafood, too.


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