Updated: Oct 23, 2021
1. Participate in clean ups and always bring a bag to collect waste wherever you go. If you are a diver you can always carry a bag with you if you are confident enough, and fill it with bits of debris you find whilst visiting our friends under the sea.
2. No straw, please I'm begging you to never use a plastic straw again! Ditch the straw or invest in a reusable one. There is no excuse for this and I look to people whom pull out their reusable straws at any establishment I go to with the utmost respect.
3. Avoid takeouts or if you want to bring home left over food from your meal out, have your own container with you. Eliminate the realm of embarrassment and start to create the ripple effect of making this the new norm.
4. Make the effort to stop using trash bags. You can line your bin with:
Certified compostable bio- based bags.
Other repurposed materials, like old newspaper, cardboard boxes etc.
Recycled plastic bin liners that are certified compostable bio-based bags.
Or simply use no liner at all if that is an option available to you.
On the yacht we compose all our organic waste to the sea which leaves us a lot of option to keep our waste to a minimum onboard & recycle what we have left over.
5. Buy your own food staples in bulk. You can do this online or in zero waste shops.
6. Drink more tap water. You can do this by drinking tea, making infused water or simply water mixed with juice.
7. Get creative with DIY ideas. You can make your own wax paper, wax candles out of old jars lying around the house, cleaning detergent and even your own vegan beauty products.
8. Reuse packaging for storage, plant pots, or decoration. Get creative as there is always an occasion that you can wrap something up with an old piece of packaging and the thought behind it always looks more meaningful.
9. BE PREPARED. Always carry a reusable shopping bag with you.
10. Looking for new technical devices? Don't fall into this materialistic society that surrounds us, buy refurbished goods.
11. Repair broken things or find new ways to use them instead of throwing them away. A great way to do this is to thrift shop and buy sustainably.
We actually have to leave the oil in the ground and keep the flow of existing organisms in the system and establish a more regenerative approach. As we know recycling is one of the fundamental ways of reducing the use of plastic, but it has to be collected, unfortunately today two billion people lack the avenue to this rubbish collection system. By 2040 that number will double to four billion, mostly in rural areas in middle and low-income countries.
The coronavirus pandemic has also contributed to this mess. Falling oil prices have made production of virgin plastic cheaper than ever. Demand for consumer goods cased in disposable, single-use plastic has soared as people seek protection from the virus out of fear and complete disregard for the outcome of using all this single use plastic alternatives to shield themselves.
We can act instead of reacting to the changes in our world.