The Chemist, the Environmentalist and the Explorer have a fierce love for the natural resources this planet offers. A big part of that love is a passion and strong desire to protect it.
When it comes to exploring this amazing planet, it is our responsibility to know how we impact marine environments and take steps to do no harm. The body care products you use can harm the fragile marine ecosystems so choose wisely – do better with Stream2Sea EcoConscious products.
Choose to take care of this planet and yourself, together we can make a difference.
The Wise Choice
If you are playing in the sun and water today, choose a sunscreen that does not contain Parabens, Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Octyl methoxycinnamate or other Benzene derivatives, which are toxic and can contribute to coral reef bleaching.
If you are planning to be in the water, whether a lake, river or ocean, consider waiting until you get out to apply any perfume or body care products. The water is better protected when your body is au naturale!
Minimize your use of plastic when possible — think reusable water bottles, shopping bags, and food containers. Plastics are the largest part of beach clean-ups because they do not biodegrade.
The tiny “micro-beads” in many exfoliation body care products are made of plastic. They get washed down the drain and ultimately make their way back into our lakes, rivers and oceans. They are a serious concern that you can learn more about here.
Use natural or homemade house cleaning products. The water that goes down your drains will eventually flow into the streams and bays, too!
Buying local and organic foods reduces your carbon footprint, supports the local economy and reduces the amount of pesticides and fertilizers that end up not just in your stomach, but as run-off in rivers and oceans, too.
Share your passions with friends and family. Take them on a hike, bring them kayaking, or introduce them to diving. People protect the things they care about.
Obviously we don’t pour chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil or paint down the drain or into toilets. Help educate your neighbors about local household hazardous waste programs to keep these out of rivers and oceans.
Pesticides are the only substances we intentionally introduce into our environment to kill living things. They make a huge impact on our marine environments when they’re carried into our freshwater supply by runoff.
Volunteer for a water-clean up at a local lake, stream, river or ocean through an organization close to home, or organize your own. Encourage schools to undertake these projects to help limit impact on marine environments.
Volunteer for and support our friends at the Coral Restoration Foundation. They work to restore coral reefs across the world. You can learn more at CoralRestoration.org
Reduce the amount of grass in your lawn by planting native shrubs and flower beds. These provide a better habitat for birds and other wildlife and require less water and fertilizer, which can seep into the oceans and lakes.
Leave No Trace
If you’re hiking or camping, live by the “No Trace” motto. Leave only footprints and no evidence that you were ever there. This includes trash, food, tent pegs, etc.