Keeping Our Water Clean

Hi everybody! I'm back! We got back from Iceland last weekend and have been catching up, unpacking, and getting ready for Louis's birthday pool pawty (tomorrow) ever since. Don't worry, you'll be blasted with tons of Iceland content soon enough! In the meantime, I wanted to talk about keeping our water clean, having just gotten back from one of the most beautiful, aquatic places I've ever been.

This video shows what it's like to be an animal trapped in a plastic bag. I used to work at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and you wouldn't believe how many deadly problems come from animals being trapped in the garbage we fail to get rid of properly. Birds can get tangled in fishing line, fish become riddled with hooks, and sea turtles often die after eating plastic bags that they think are jellyfish. The bag fills up their stomach making them think they're full so they end up starving to death. Pretty horrific, I know.

This picture shows me getting a choke collar put OVER my dry suit to keep water out. Within 5 minutes I had a headache and my throat hurt from all the pressure. Would suck to be a penguin stuck in a plastic ring that you tossed from your 6-pack of Coke...

Now that I've got you cutting your 6-pack plastic rings (if you're not yet, go watch Happy Feet and see why this is important) I wanted to bring your attention to other major water pollutants. Microbeads and sunscreen.

Tons of companies, including Philosophy (one of my ex-favorite skin care and beauty brands), currently use microbeads in their products like face scrubs and body washes. These beads are supposed to help exfoliate your skin and feel great in the shower however, they're doing major damage to our ecosystem. They're too small to be filtered out at water processing facilities so these non-organic beads are ending up in our oceans and becoming an unnatural part of our food chain. Animals are unknowingly swallowing tons of these little plastic beads. My suggestion? Don't use products with microbeads. Stick to natural and oganic products and if you need a good exfoliator, get a natural loofah sponge. When you can, buy in bulk and buy bars of soap rather than body wash-both habits will cut down on packaging and waste.

Sunscreen is another major ocean pollutant and reef killer. Have you ever seen the oily layer on the surface of the water at the beach. Doesn't seem good for the fish and wildlife right? It's not. Look into what you're putting on your skin, in your body, and in the ocean, people! I wear sunscreen daily and especially when I'm at the beach. I LOVE SunBum products and their Baby Bum line is gentle enough that it doesn't damage coral reefs. You can get their Baby Bum line here. If you're going to be in the water all day, surfing, kayaking, etc, I suggest investing in a rash guard with spf in it or a sun shirt. ExOficio makes great sun shirt. Charley bought me an AWESOME sun shirt from a company called Snikwah with a turtle neck that comes up over your face if you're spending the day fishing or paddle boarding. It even has a hole for your ponytail if you pull it up over the back of your neck. I have this one, but I'm buying this one next!

Hope this was helpful now that summer is in full swing and we're all headed outside to enjoy the sun and sea. Remember to think before you buy, reduce the amount of packaging and plastic you use, recycle what you can and ALWAYS get rid of your waste in a safe manner. Now cut up those 6-pack holders and get out there and have some fun!

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