7 Ways To Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution Today

SLEEK Clean Care is dedicated to changing the way the marine industry thinks about the products they are putting into our oceans, whilst doing so, we also want to educate our audience on how they can reduce their plastic pollution as Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide.

So, what can you do?

1. Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastics
Wherever you live, the easiest and most direct way that you can get started is by reducing your own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded.

The best way to do this is by a) refusing any single-use plastics that you do not need (e.g. straws, plastic bags, takeout utensils), and b) purchasing, and carrying with you, reusable versions of those products. All of our products are refillable, meaning you do not need to dispose of your bottles.

2. Recycle
This should go without saying, but when you use single-use (and other) plastics that can be recycled, always be sure to recycle them. This helps keep them out of the ocean and reduces the amount of “new” plastic in circulation.

3. Participate in a Beach or River Cleanup
Help remove plastics from the ocean and prevent them from getting there in the first place by participating in local beach clean-ups.  This is one of the most direct and rewarding ways to fight ocean plastic pollution. You can simply go to the beach or waterway and collect plastic waste on your own or with friends or family, or you can join a local organisation’s cleanup.

4. Support Bans
Many large companies around the world have enacted bans of single use packaging including; takeout containers, and bottles. You can support the adoption of such policies in your community. Here is a list of resources for legislative bodies considering limiting the use of plastic bags.

5. Avoid Microbeads
Tiny plastic particles, called “microbeads,” have become a growing source of ocean plastic pollution in recent years. Microbeads are found in some face scrubs, toothpastes, and bodywashes, and they readily enter our oceans and waterways through our sewer systems, and affect hundreds of marine species. Avoid products containing plastic microbeads by looking for “polythelene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient labels of your cosmetic products (find a list of products containing microbeads here).

6. Spread the Word
Stay informed on issues related to plastic pollution and help make others aware of the problem. Tell your friends and family about how they can be part of the solution!

7. Support Companies Addressing Plastic Pollution
There are many organisations working to tackle the problem of ocean plastic. We don’t want to blow our own trumpet, but even small changes like switching to eco-friendly alternative boat cleaners (like Sleek Boat Care!)  can make a big difference!

These seven ideas only scratch the surface for ways you can help address the growing problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. The important thing is that we all do something, no matter how small.

Emma Tapper

10th Sep 2018

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