World Oceans Day on June 8 is a reminder to celebrate and honour our ocean. The oceans support us in so many ways – they give us food and medicinal products, they absorb huge amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere, the animals in them (such as coral reefs) protect our shores, they provide joy, they have inspired countless writers. But our oceans are in danger – from pollution, from overfishing, from rising CO2 concentrations, from introduced species. We need to work together to protect them – and this is what World Oceans Day is about.
By using World Oceans Day as a reminder to work together, we can help save our oceans. We can't all work on every human threat to the oceans. There are simply too many, and they're all too big, for one group to do them all. That's why we've chosen ocean pollution as our campaign. Ocean pollution comes in many forms – fertilisers and pesticides, wastewater, oil spills … and plastic. And, as you probably know if you've been following this blog for long enough, we hate plastic. We hate it even more when it ends up in the environment.
What will you decide this World Oceans Day? By taking one step at a time, we can fight plastic pollution together and make a difference in our oceans. Commit to taking one everyday plastic item out of your life – whether that's single-use shopping bags, takeaway coffee cups, or packaging on groceries. If you're a business, why not take a step to become more environmentally conscious? Have a look at our products page to see what plant-based plastic alternatives we offer – perhaps think about how compostable plastics could fit into your business model. If you're already using more sustainable plastic alternatives, maybe look at getting a compost bin for beside your café, or a sign to promote your eco ethos. And then get others on board! Together, we can save our oceans – because we can't do it alone.
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