Save The Ocean Shirt
Our oceans are in more trouble than ever before.
Right now it is estimated that up to 12 million metric tons of plastic—everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads—end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truckload of trash every minute. Traveling on ocean currents, this plastic is now turning up in every corner of our planet, from Florida beaches to uninhabited Pacific islands.
DevOcean is a lifestyle and conservation movement committed to inspiring, engaging, and empowering change to save the oceans and their marine animals. Through apparel and accessory sales, we are raising money for beach and ocean clean-ups, and we’re raising awareness about the simple things we can all do to enjoy and protect the ocean for generations to come.
10% of our profits to support beach cleanups and conservation groups to protect our oceans and beaches. When you purchase DevOcean gear you show your community you are committed to making these changes. You remind your friends and family that they too can make a difference.
Here are a few SMALL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Simply Use less Plastic Products
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.
Help Take Care of the Beach
Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.
Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home. Here are a few great organizations to get involved with.
Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
Don't Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products. Always use sunscreens that are coral friendly.
Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.
Influence Change in Your Community
Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.
Source: National Geographic
We might not be able to stop global warming but we can definitely slow it down.
HOW DOES PLASTIC END UP IN THE OCEAN?
You see photos of plastic waste in the sea, but it can be hard to connect that to the plastic you're buying and using every day. Here are three ways the plastic you throw away can end up as marine litter.
Making a change to plastic-free is a holistic change. A decision that is deeper and more challenging than most think. It's a cultural change that will be hard given how convenient plastic is and how prevalent it is in our world. Going to the grocery store you can't help but be overwhelmed with plastic-wrapped vegetables, plastic-bottled drinks, plastic containers for beauty products, plastic containers for food and cups made of styrofoam and plastic. Whether you commit to 100% plastic-free living or modify the way you do things to even cut back plastic a little bit every little bit helps. The less plastic everyone uses the less end up in our oceans and waste dumps.
Even if you live hundreds of miles from the coast, the plastic you throw away could make its way into the sea. Once in the ocean, plastic decomposes very slowly, breaking down in to tiny pieces known as micro plastics that can be incredibly damaging to sea life. 80% of plastic in our oceans is from land sources – but what does that really mean? Where is it coming from?
There are three main ways the plastic we use every day ends up in the oceans.
- Throwing plastic in the bin when it could be recycled
Plastic you put in the bin ends up in landfill. When rubbish is being transported to landfill, plastic is often blown away because it’s so lightweight. From there, it can eventually clutter around drains and enter rivers and the sea this way.
Litter dropped on the street doesn’t stay there. Rainwater and wind carries plastic waste into streams and rivers, and through drains. Drains lead to the ocean!
Careless and improper waste disposal is also a big contributor – illegal dumping of waste adds greatly to the plastic surge in our seas.
- Products that go down the drain
Many of the products we use daily are flushed down toilets, including wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary products. Microfibres are even released into waterways when we wash our clothes in the washing machine. They are too small to be filtered out by waste water plants and end up being consumed by small marine species, eventually even ending up in our food chain.
A positive move in recent months was a ban on microbeads in rinse-off cosmetic and cleaning products introduced by the UK Government, so that these small plastic beads will no longer get washed down the sink and out into our oceans, but there are many more items that can also contribute to the problem.
THE BOTTOM LINE
How does plastic get into the ocean? The bottom line is us. Whether we mean to litter or not, there's always a chance the plastic we throw away could make it into the sea, and from there who knows? Maybe as far as the Arctic.
Big changes start with small steps and we all have the power to make a difference. What will you do to start cutting the plastic in your life?
Stop plastic pollution.
Be part of the solution.
A Plastic Ocean is a new award-winning feature length documentary brought to you by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists, that explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle.
A Plastic Ocean documents the global effects of plastic pollution and highlights workable technologies and innovative solutions that everyone - from governments to individuals - can do, to create a cleaner and greener ocean.
Think Before Extinct was started by Chip and Tony – two friends who have always had a shared passion for the ocean. We both grew up on the water and have traveled the world in awe of the wonder that is Planet Ocean. But we’ve also witnessed the negative effect of human actions and plastic pollution have taken on the water, beaches, and sea life. We wanted to make a difference, so we started DevOcean to help create a wave of change.
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