Me, the sea and plastic free!
If you hadn’t noticed, I love the sea. It’s my happy place. Whether it is the crashing waves, the weightlessness of floating in the water, or the feeling of sand between my toes (that I will find for weeks after…), it just makes me happy. The sea is just so epic, I find that it puts most of my problems into perspective.
I am sure that I am not alone in finding my calm by the sea. Millions of people take themselves on beach holidays every year, whether it’s for sunbathing, windy walks or surfing, the beach holds a special place in each of our hearts.
But, every single day, we contribute to the destruction of our beloved ocean, and we don’t even notice it. Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped into the sea. Our plastic waste has reached depths that people haven’t even been down too, so is not just destroying our oceans, but also killing some of the marvellously weird and wonderful creatures of the sea. Plastic has been one of the biggest advances of modern time, helping us shape the world we live in, but now – it’s destroying the world as we know it.
But sure, you recycle right, it’s not your fault?
I used to see myself as being really eco-conscious. I have loved the sea for as long as I can remember, choosing mermaids over princesses, selling chocolates to save the dolphins at school, and nagging my family and friends who bought bottled water every day. But it wasn’t until a recent trip across the world that I realised first hand the effect our waste was having on the underwater world. Some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen, tainted with plastic, and I realised, I can do so much more.
So that’s what I am doing (and I hope you guys join in too). By making a few small changes, you can really make a difference. Start by cutting out single use plastics – 50% of the plastic we produce is used just once! Here’s a list of where to start:
Plastic drinks bottles
Take away coffee cups
Toiletries in plastic bottles
The list can go on and on, and I bet you have used at least one of the items on this list (I’m guilty!). We can make small changes to stop this. I’m not saying that after today bin them all, but to just think when you are doing your shopping – is there a more eco-friendly way to buy this?
That’s why this I am going to run a plastic-free challenge every month, so we can cut out one single-use item a month. Each month, the TideUp box will contain a product to help replace single-use plastics, and I’m going to be talking about ways to make a difference. Take a snap of your plastic free changes and tag us @tideupbox and use #plasticfreecoastlines to support the brilliant work of Surface Against Sewage who your TideUp purchases support.
Good luck with your challenges
Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes