With support, we can win the war against single-use plastic
A movement aimed at cleaning up our oceans and eradicating single-use plastic products is swelling to the point where it’s become a virtual tsunami of support and activity.
Recent case in point: The June 8 World Oceans Day and next-day marches in Washington D.C. and other American cities.
As our blog followers know, COAST Apparel has a greater mission than simply to sell clothing and eco-friendly products. We’re in it to win it – the war on plastics pollution! And we’re working towards that end by donating 5% of the sale of COAST IS CLEAR items to turn the tide on a growing mass of ocean plastics.
There is strength in numbers, friends. The March for the Ocean drew some 165 groups and hundreds of members, including environmentalists, scientists, surfers, divers, students, parents, teachers, celebrities, fishermen, deep-sea explorers and citizen activists to our nation’s capital.
According to the World Oceans Day Facebook page, the throng of concerned individuals turned out to support “our human and wild communities and restore the blue in our red, white and blue.”
"Things are bad but we're at a state where we can definitely make a change," - Samantha Mackiewicz, director of World Oceans Day.
"What we're asking people to do … is to eliminate or reduce their use of single-use plastics — so that's bags, bottles, straws — in honor of World Oceans Day. The hope is that if someone can take that action for one day, hopefully they could carry that behavior over beyond World Oceans Day and into the rest of the year."
At COAST IS CLEAR we feel sustainable living and keeping our oceans and coasts clean shouldn’t be a single-day occurrence. Each day we can do our best to help keep the ocean beautiful by using eco-friendly techniques to leave the smallest footprint possible in nature. Our curated collection of grocery totes, stainless steel water bottles and stainless steel drinking straws is a great start – and, as we already noted, a portion of your purchases goes toward ocean cleanup groups.
World Oceans has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada. World Oceans Day was finally officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008.
World Oceans Day happens every year, so find out how to participate and keep our coast clear.