One way to “go green” is to “go green” and help protect one of the Earth’s most precious resources, water. Oceans, rivers and lakes are all essential and we need to take care of them. We have a list of several ways you can help each day.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year, threatening marine life and coastal ecosystems.
We use ingredients that are not harmful to water. We never use microbeads, parabens or triclosan. We are committed to research and find the source of ingredients that are safe for the body and the environment.
Avoid single-use plastic
Single-use plastics require a lot of energy to create and recycle, and they often end up in bodies of water. These include drinking water bottles, plastic bags, takeout tools, straws, and other items like coffee makers. You can use reusable drink bottles, reuse groceries and make bags, travel kits, refuse straws and ask for whipped cream. We are also trying to do our part well. We have changed to more glass packaging and have recycling program for the plastic that we use.
Use natural sunscreens that are safe for stretch marks. According to the Surfrider Foundation, the chemicals (oxybenzone and octinoxate) in sunscreens harm coral reefs, fish, marine invertebrates and marine mammals.
Fertilizers and pesticides
There are harmful chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides used on farms and gardens. Chemicals enter water bodies from rain, run off, and are washed down sewers. These chemicals harm fish, shellfish, coral and other organisms in water bodies and increase acidification in the oceans. You can choose not to use fertilizers and support organic farms and operations.
“When pesticides enter aquatic systems, the environmental costs can be high. Unintentional pesticide-related killing of fish occurs across the United States. Some of these killings were large-scale, involving thousands of fish, as well as frogs, turtles, mussels, waterfowl and other wildlife. ” – Virginia Collaborative Extension – Pesticides and Aquatic Animals: A Guide to Reducing Impacts on Aquatic Systems
As fish species become popular and in high demand from consumers, it can create an imbalance in the marine ecosystem. You can use the guide to help determine the most sustainable fish to eat by state like Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
Carbon pollution is absorbed by water. You can walk more, drive less and buy local food. What we do inland still affects the oceans, and it affects our local rivers and lakes. We can all help. Here are a few organizations that you can learn more about.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch