Happy World Ocean Day! Today, on June 8th, we celebrate our beautiful oceans that make up for 70% of the surface of our planet. With ocean life being threatened, it’s safe to say that World Ocean Day is an important moment to spread awareness. Because why are oceans actually so important? And how can you contribute to saving them? That’s what we’ll be talking about in today’s blog. Let’s dive in!
Why are the oceans so extremely important?
Life on earth is undoubtedly bound to life in the oceans. Oceans literally provide for the air we breathe. The ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Safe to say that the oceans play the absolute most important on earth. The oceans help to regulate temperature on earth, meaning that the weather would be extreme in some regions without them. Besides that, the ocean provides a home to over one million species of animals, which completely depend on the oceans to be able to live and feed.
Protecting the ocean
Our current lifestyles have a big impact on the oceans' wellbeing, as more and more species are becoming extinct and coral reefs are slowly dying. Over 50 percent of the world's coral reefs have died in the last 30 years and up to 90 percent may die within the next century. Time to take action! So.. what can YOU do to help to save our oceans?
1. Eat less fish
The fishing industry has had a big toll on ocean life and if you have seen Seaspiracy, you will have learned more about this. Whereas plastics are a major issue, fishing nets are the biggest cause of animal extinction and can completely destroy coral reefs. If you want to make a true impact, you could try eating less fish. Of course, we can all enjoy a bit of sushi from time to time, but it’s important to lower our fish consumption to save sea creatures such as tuna, which is an endangered species.
2. Ditch the plastic straws
Whereas a paper straw might actually not be that nice to use, if it would save ocean life, we bet you would gladly ditch the plastic straws for good. The plastics we use on a daily basis end up in the oceans, causing whales to die with their bodies filled with plastic. It’s time to make a real change by ditching plastics where you can. Use paper straws, always bring along a tote bag during your food shop and use bamboo toothbrushes. Small things to change, but they can have a great impact. After all, we’re in this together.
3. Use eco-friendly products
There are hundreds of ways you can contribute to saving the oceans, but a big one is to only use eco-friendly products. Avoid fast fashion where you can and shop local. Eco-friendly materials can be recycled which makes them a lot more sustainable. Our Wild Paws yoga mat is made from eco-friendly natural rubber and has excellent grip to have a great yoga’s practice. Another bonus is that for every yoga mat that is sold, one tree is planted with HomeTree. This way, you’re taking care of your own body and mind while being kind to our environment.