- Cut apart those six-pack plastic soda can rings. If left uncut in the trash, they can make their way to the ocean and trap an unsuspecting, innocent animal.
- Reduce the toxins you use in your yard, as those affect the waterways via runoff.
- Bring your own reusable shopping bags whenever you shop.
- Be sure to properly dispose of fishing lines and lures, as animals can mistake them for food if they end up in the water.
- Try not to use helium balloons as both the balloons and their accompanying strings often end up in the water. Choose another way to decorate a party instead.
- Select reusable items whenever possible and repurpose old items.
- Buy in bulk and bring your own container to the store for flour, rice, beans and other dry goods.
- Try buying milk and yogurt in glass and ceramic containers that can be returned to the grocery store.
- More and more items can be recycled if you take advantage of proper recycling stations and centers.
- Bring your own reusable cup to the café when you buy that morning latte.
- Carry a reusable water bottle to work and school.
- Choose a product that has less packaging over those that are individually wrapped. Better yet, can you buy it in bulk?
These tips come from the The Marine Mammal Center in California.
The Marine Mammal Center's mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health
and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global
conservation. Their core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and
injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and
research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged
community. To learn more about them please visit their web site.