How to Help the Ocean

 in Lifestyle
natural sand dunes ecosystem in Yucatan, Mexico

This isn’t only about the ocean.
This is about all water.
All water is part of a cycle and all water is connected.

What we do to water in Montana is eventually felt all the way to the gulf of Mexico.
Water moves around the world and it takes with it all the impurities and all the pesticides and other things we put into it.

The ocean water outside of Seattle is full of antidepressants and advil, think about it for a minute. How did they get there? Us peeing into water.

We have to be more conscious about protecting water.
They say “water never forgets what you do to it”
We can clean water but it’s a costly thing, why not protect water instead?

The tips I will share today are focusing on the ocean because it’s the biggest water source I have near me. The ocean feeds the entire water system of my pennesiula. Protecting it helps protect all the rest.

If you live by lakes, rivers or other sources of water you can still protect them in the same way.

  • Pick up trash
    It’s a given not to litter right, but also don’t walk past the cups, lids, bottles and bags strewn around the city and elsewhere. You can pick up as little or as much as you can and every bit helps.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    We shouldn’t only pick up trash and recycle what we can, but reduce overall.
    I think we most all have refillable water bottles and coffee thermos, but there so much more. Coffee filters, tooth brushes, shampoo and soap containers. Refill is the new recycle movement and if you haven’t found your local bulk store you should really look around. Bulk beans, sugar and granola can really help your budget not only the world.

  • Reduce your use of toxic products  
    This is a bit of self research you are going to have to do.
    Research your shampoos and conditioners, change them for low toxic and low polluting options.
    A bar soap and solid shampoo is always a good bet.
    Check your makeup and your clothing, maybe you can’t stop the use of toxic products overnight but with each new purchase. Each new toothpaste and toothbrush, you can make more and more ethical choices.

  • Don’t use fertilizers and other chemical pesticides
    If you can buy and grow organic, do it.
    The agricultural system is one of the biggest polluters of our water systems in the world (along with single use plastics and other big business).  Even Costco has stopped selling Roundup!
    If you are a gardener, you can use my urban compost guide and organic pesticides.
  • Take a shower  I’m serious! This is the easiest and fastest way to help.
    Before you get in the water swimsuit and all, take a shower. The truth is, everything we put on bug spray, sunscreen, soap is bad for the water, coral and fish.
    It’s best to swim short periods of time and put your sunscreen on right as you get out of the water. If you are going to have exposed sun and water time use a natural and biodegradable sunscreen that you apply more than 30 minutes before entering the water. You can (and should) also use hats and other protective clothing.
  • If you are already doing all of that and are ready to get more serious you can start using a dry toilet or composting toilet. They are the true future of sustainable design, weather you like it or not.

Enjoy all forms of nature, be respectful and walk lightly.
We are only visitors here after all.


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