#LOVETHEOCEANS June 2018: Our Devotion to the Oceans
World Oceans Day is the 8th of June 2018. This year we're proud to be working with Love The Oceans to help reduce, remove and recycle waste from our oceans. We’ll be running a joint campaign throughout June, removing 2kg of rubbish from the ocean and beaches for each and every Deakin and Blue item sold to encourage people to shop more eco-consciously.
In the run up to World Oceans Day we're delighted to be showcasing the incredible work Love The Oceans do and why it's so important.
We recently spoke with Francesca, the founder of Love the Oceans about the organisation and the work they do. Here's what she had to say...
Who is Love The Oceans?
Love The Oceans is a micro non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. We are working to protect the coastline along the Inhambane Province, in an area of unique natural beauty, home to whale sharks, manta rays, beautiful coral reefs and the famous humpback whales. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area which will offer protection for all the magnificent flora and fauna we research that have never been studied before.
Why are you partnering with Deakin and Blue for World Oceans Day 2018?
First of all, we’re a marine conservation organisation so we’re ALWAYS on the lookout for decent swim kit. Our staff and volunteers spend most of their time in and around the water so it’s absolutely essential to have hardy swimwear that can stand the test of time. We’re a predominantly women-led organisation (though not gender-biased, that’s just the way the chips have fallen) and our founder is a woman, so we just LOVE Deakin and Blue’s costumes.
Secondly, and equally as important, we love Deakin and Blue’s environmental policies. Deakin and Blue have committed to only working with environmentally and socially responsible suppliers and all their costumes are made of 100% recycled and regenerated consumer waste products, like discarded fishing nets – something very close to our hearts. Where we are in Mozambique we have a lot of trash washing up on shores so we know only too well the perils of consumer waste so appreciate Deakin and Blue working to combat this.
Tell us a bit more about the work you do.
Guinjata Bay, whilst beautiful, is situated on the edge of the Indian Ocean Garbage Patch. There are 5 large Garbage Patches around the world and the Indian Ocean Garbage Patch is the 3rd biggest at over 5 million kilometres squared. It’s essentially a massive gyre of litter suspended in the water column and consists of an array of different waste: discarded fishing gear, plastics, chemical sludge and other debris. Whilst a lot of this trash is believed to come from developing nations, we (the UK) actually export a lot of our waste to these nations which then ends up in the ocean so a lot of it actually comes down to us in the UK changing our habits.
If trash goes into the water in Indonesia, it’ll take around 6 years to do a full circle in the ocean currents to get back to the starting point, and that’s if it doesn’t get stuck in the middle of the ocean where it could remain…indefinitely. Scary, right? Right.
So what can we do about it?
Cutting down on every day waste is an easy way to start. Skip the straw, take your own bag to the super market and choose the loose fruit that isn’t covered in plastic. Saying no to single use plastic is one of the easiest and most effective ways of immediately reducing your trash footprint. Eco-conscious shopping is essential to changing the tide on plastics. There are also some really cool life hacks that can help curb your plastic addiction and save money at no inconvenience to you. Try these:
- Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush. They’re cheap and they last longer than plastic brushes! They’re just as good for your teeth too. You can order these online.
- Cut our plastic milk cartons and go back to your milkman! This supports job creation and helps you be more sustainable. Find your local milkman and put your order in today.
- Avoid plastics, save money and cut food waste all at the same time with Oddbox.
- Swap to a re-usable water bottle and save money – you can fill up at coffee shops for free! Buy yours here.
- Swap to a re-usable coffee cup. You can get some snazzy ones online these days.
- Source your clothes from environmentally conscious stores. That’s why Deakin and Blue is so great – you can treat yourself to an amazing new swimming costume but know you’re helping save the planet at the same time!
If you’re looking to get more actively involved in helping solve the plastic problem then you can look up your closest beach clean and lend a hand with Sea Shepherd – they’re running beach cleans all over the UK in 2018.
Don’t have time to do this? DON’T WORRY! Buy a costume from Deakin and Blue and for the entire month of June Love The Oceans will be removing 2kg of trash from the oceans per item! Do your bit for the oceans AND treat yourself!