June 8th was World Oceans Day, and while there are many things important happening in the world right now, we can’t let this day pass us by. There are plenty of ways to care for the ocean, regardless of where you are in the world. With Covid-19 causing an increase in single-use plastic and plastic packaging use, it’s time to focus on caring for the ocean. WapoBeauty believes in caring for the environment and making well-educated choices. In this article, we’ll look at ways you can care for the ocean today, tomorrow, and forever.
Choose reef-safe skincare
Our skincare products play a big role in caring for the ocean and the animals in it. When purchasing products that contain sun protection (SPF) it’s vital to pay attention to the label. Choosing environmentally friendly sunscreen isn’t always easy, but there is a clear list of what to avoid. Any products that contain non-nano zinc dioxide or non-nano titanium dioxide can harm reefs, so choose skincare products that don’t have these ingredients. For more information of skincare that’s safe for you and the ocean, follow Eco Beauty Edit on Instagram.
Shop smart and do research
While our skincare choices are important, the brands that we support also play a huge role in ocean conservation. From clothes to shoes, when we buy something we are voting, with our money, for the ideas a company stands for. To become more conscious consumers, we should take a closer look at the brands we choose and ensure that they are eco-friendly. Clothing companies ranging from big brands like Adidas to sustainable brands like People Tree are motivated to do their part for the ocean. It’s time for you to find out if the brands you love are focusing on caring for the ocean, too.
Think before you wash
Water conservation and caring for the ocean go hand in hand because, at the end of the day, all water is connected. If water is polluted in one area, it can pollute other areas either by flowing there, contaminating groundwater, or through precipitation. So, how does washing your clothes tie into water systems all over the world? Simple—by washing more thoughtfully and less frequently, we can have a positive effect on the water we have access to. Some easy ways to wash more consciously are washing only full loads, using a guppy friend to reduce microfibre pollution, and washing at lower temperatures.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
You guessed it, the products you use to clean your clothes, house, and just about anything else can also affect marine life. As people became aware of the dangers of toxic chemicals, the movement toward green cleaning alternatives has been huge. Anything that comes in contact with water and goes down the drain should be evaluated and replaced if it’s not environmentally safe. Brands such as Seventh Generation, Method, Dr. Bronner’s, and many others can keep your house clean while also caring for the ocean.
Minimize processed food consumption
Eating well isn’t only important for your skin, it’s essential to cleaner oceans, as well. Processed foods tend to have lots of plastic packaging, which can’t be recycled most of the time. This packaging then ends up in a landfill which can pollute oceans later on, and subsequently, the habitats of marine life. Opting to eat more whole foods, buying in bulk, and using reusable bags can help reduce plastic packaging. Care for the ocean and support local farms by choosing healthier, more locally grown foods.
Participate in a beach clean up
While social distancing is still in effect, anyone looking for a more hands-on way to help should consider a beach clean-up. At the moment, most of these events have been postponed for everyone’s safety. However, the Marine Conservation Society has a calendar of upcoming beach clean events, for future reference. Please, only attend these events if you have the appropriate safety gear to bring along with you. Anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of coronavirus is kindly asked not to attend these events.
Our oceans are an important part of our planet and its ecosystem. Whether it’s big or small, we hope that you’ll find a way to care for the ocean. If you’re looking to switch to more natural skincare, be sure to check out WapoBeauty’s Soapmaking eBook. Anyone searching for guided learning should visit WapoBeauty’s Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners. Discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products from the comfort of your home. Join the ranks of students who found this class valuable and rewarding!
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Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni