Oceans Under Threat
Our oceans are under threat. From plastic pollution to melting ice caps, we’ve created some big problems that desperately need to be addressed. Surfers, paddle boarders, climbers and anyone else who relies on the sea and coastline for their fun are concerned about how we can recover the damage that has been done and prevent any more from occuring. If, like us, you care about our oceans, you can join us in our fight to protect them.
Around 16 billion pounds of plastic enters the ocean each year. This plastic is consumed by and injures animals, clogs up waterways and destroys the habitat of marine life. You just need to take a look at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area in the North Pacific ocean where two huge collections of rubbish have collected, to see one example of the damage that has been done. In just one square kilometer of this area, which is actually two swirling vortexes, scientists have collected up to 750,000 pieces of microplastic. Marine life is affected in the area, with sea turtles often mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish and trying to eat them. We’ve all seen stories of whales and dolphins with stomachs full of plastic.
Closer to home in the UK, pollution affects the quality of our waters and coastline. A number of places have been designated as “bathing not advised” by the Environment Agency due to the poor condition of the water. The Marine Conservation Society also reported a 10% rise in litter washing up on Britain’s beaches in 2017. 20% of it was reported to be packaging from takeaway and portable food, including bottles and sandwich packets.
There’s some good news too. The introduction of the plastic bag tax has helped to reduce the number of plastic bags found on beaches by 40% since 2014. This shows that there are measures that can be taken to reduce the amount of waste that goes into the oceans and pollutes our coastline. Lizzie Prior from MCS suggests that a further tax on other single-use plastic could be beneficial. In the meantime, some companies and organisations are taking things into their own hands. Iceland and Co-op announced that they will run a bottle return system, while the Natural History Museum has decided to stop selling single-use plastic bottles.
One of the ways you can help to clean up the oceans is to buy 4Ocean’s innovative bracelets from our London Surf online shop. These bracelets are made from 100% recycled materials, with beads made from recycled glass and cord made from recycled plastic. They also feature a 4Ocean stainless steel charm. Every bracelet purchased helps to remove one pound (about 450g) of rubbish from the ocean - and they look pretty good too. There are also special edition bracelets, where 4Ocean has partnered with other charities and nonprofits to do even more for our oceans and marine life.
You can find out more about the incredible work that 4Ocean carries out at 4ocean.com. Each month they nominate a monthly cause to highlight specific issues. Find out all about how they’re helping sea turtles throughout June, in partnership with the Florida Atlantic University Marine Research Lab.