Today is one of my absolute favorite days! My deep love for the ocean started around two years ago, and since then, I have made changes in my life to protect it. In honor of today, I CHALLENGE YOU to use this day to go plastic free. On the most basic level, that means- bringing your own utensils, tupperware, and cups if you plan on eating out at a place that uses single-use kitchenware, and especially don't use straws, just sip from the edge of the cup. Don't forget to use reusable bags instead of plastic ones! Also, if you see any garbage on the ground, dispose of it properly! By doing this today, you'll see how easy it actually can be to cut out disposable plastics from your life, and how important it is to do your part. It's the little things that add up.
If you're looking for more long term commitments, stop purchasing products that use microbeads, make your own household items instead of purchasing them in plastic containers, stop purchasing plastic all together, etc! A big one that you can do is to become smarter about the seafood you eat. A GREAT resource for that is Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch website and app! As you'll hear in the video below, there are many different ways fishing has negatively impacted the ocean, and being more mindful about what you eat is a great way to helping protect the health of our oceans. There are so many things you can do to make a difference, but I've found that these are great places to start! If you'd like to talk to me more about what you can do, please shoot me a message!
Here's my favorite quote that sums up my challenge for you all today:
As an added bonus- below are a few more of my favorite quotes about the ocean and some photos I took in the US Virgin Islands.