Updated: Apr 8, 2021
Some of you might be concerned about how wasteful our modern life is and I admit, I am one of them! Sometimes the recommended habits such as recycling and beach clean-ups might require extra effort and take our time, and it's just overwhelming! But we don’t have to worry; our feelings of guilt can easily be reduced by making these simple habits a part of our lives!
5. Using Skin Products That Do Not Contain Plastic Scrub
How many of us are aware that our face wash is hurting the lives of wildlife and nature? Unfortunately, it is true! Our face wash, body scrubs, and even toothpaste for whitening our teeth contain tiny pieces of plastic that are called microbeads. These beads are created by scientists for the sole purpose of meeting our needs and convenience, without considering the environment. But how do those microbeads end up wrecking nature, they seem so insignificant? The reason is that they are just too small to stay in the strainer to be filtered out in the sewage on their way to the oceans. Like tiny infamous microplastics, microbeads always float at the surface of the sea and are eaten by sea creatures. Like almost all conventional plastics, they will take hundreds of years to biodegrade and pose a serious threat to the seabirds, fish, and other mammals. What is worse, those sea animals do not recognize what they are eating; they easily mistake plastics as their food. What we can do however is to replace these products with products that use sugar or sand as a replacement for microbeads; how easy!
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4. Using Reef-Safe Lotions and Sunscreens
Using environmentally-friendly and reef-safe lotions and sunscreens is the best way to protect your skin as well as reducing negative impacts on the planet. While this may seem like a relatively small thing to change, the threat is so big that, in 2018, Hawaii became the first state to ban the sales of sunscreens that are harmful to aquatic life. The new law will be effective from January 1, 2021, and markets and consumers are ready to swap their old sunscreens that are non-reef-safe. Two common chemicals, oxybenzone, and octinoxate are found in most sunblocks worldwide and are known to damage marine life. With applying reef-safe lotions and sunscreens that do not contain those chemicals, you keep your skin away from sunburn, crackling, ashing, and getting skin cancer without putting the environment at risk. An easy solution to a big problem!