Healthy seas are the life support system for our planet: They provide 97% of the habitat on our planet. To help keep our oceans and marine life sustainable, we need to keep our beaches clean.
They provide a habitat for many creatures that need both land and sea to survive. And even living creatures that live exclusively in the sea are affected by the pollution of our beaches because garbage that accumulates on the beach also ends up in the water with the tides. In addition to plastic and paper waste, chemical substances and human excreta also reach the sea from the coasts.
Plastic waste in the sea pollutes every living organism. Many cadavers of marine animals washed up on our beaches have large amounts of plastic waste inside them.
Every visitor and every walker can make their own contribution to keeping beaches and seas clean. Each of us can make a difference, and we can teach our children so that they too can adopt a “green” lifestyle from an early age. If you’re not committed yet, this summer is an ideal time to get started:
“Take 3 for the Sea” is an organization that teaches environmental awareness by encouraging people to collect three garbage items each time you leave the beach or other waters. This is how we can make a difference. Today, 129 countries are participating in this program, and 300,000 people have already contributed to the fight against plastic waste.
2 Do not drink water from plastic bottles. Did you know that more than a million plastic bottles are sold every minute in the world?
3. their production requires large amounts of energy and water – and they end up in our landfills.
So use reusable alternatives to plastic bottles. Reusable water bottles are available practically everywhere. However, the PiMag®Water Bottle with its nanotechnology filter system is only available from Nikken. At home, you can contribute by drinking filtered water from the PiMag Waterfall – that’s an Active Wellness lifestyle and minimizes your CO2 footprint.
Use reusable bags and containers. Avoid buying food packed in plastic. For example, if you buy fruit and vegetables, you should buy them as a whole rather than pre-cut fruit and vegetables packed in plastic. Use fabric shopping bags.
Minimize the use of chemicals as much as possible. Pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides harm the oceans. The closer you live to the sea, the more likely it is that your chemicals will end up there. Approximately 245,000 square kilometers (comparable to the size of the UK) are already considered “dead zones” where marine life cannot survive due to chemical stress on the ecosystem.
Choose mineral sunscreens or sunscreens with non-nano zinc oxide as the main active ingredient. Chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are commonly found in sun creams, are not environmentally friendly. If these substances get into the sea from your body, they can damage the DNA of corals. Sun creams without these harmful substances are known as “organic/eco sun creams” or as “reef-safe” or “reef-friendly”.
Take care not to flush any medication or non-degradable products such as wet wipes down the toilet. Medications have been detected in groundwater and marine life. In 2017, 4,500 wet wipes were counted in a 154 square meter area of the Thames in London – just one example of the things that are not removed after flushing down the toilet!
5 Share your tips for an environmentally friendly lifestyle with friends, acquaintances and family members. The more people contribute, the greater our chance of keeping coastal and marine life alive.
Leave nothing on the beach but footprints.