SOS: Eco Friendly Ideas to Save Our Seas!
Following on from last week’s journal article looking at the current state of our oceans, we decided to look into the matter a bit more and the battle against the plastic water bottle is a well documented one. With several reasons to ban the bottle, there might actually be two new, exciting solutions at hand.
Three points to consider…
With statistics such as the following points, we really need to think twice about grabbing that handy bottle of water from the supermarket shelf to quench our thirst.
- The energy we waste buying and using bottled water is actually sufficient to power up 190,000 homes.
- Drinking bottled water because we believe it to be of better quality than the stuff that comes form the tap is not necessarily true at all.
- If that’s not enough to make you feel ill, then consider the chemicals that you’re also ingesting. Antimony, found in PET plastic bottles, can in small doses cause nasty side effects such as dizziness and even has links to depression. After prolonged use in larger doses it can cause nausea and vomiting. Who wants that?
To think that there may be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050 is both a sobering and frightening thought.
But there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel….
A bright design student has seen that light. Student Ari Jónsson from Iceland has come up with a fascinating idea. He combined red algae powder with water, to create a new biodegradable bottle.
Jónsson exhibited the project during this year’s Reykjavik Design Festival which ran from 10 to 13 March, and it was well received to say the least.
In addition to being biodegradable after use, the bottle is also edible if you wish!
Meanwhile, how do we tackle the problem of the plastic that has already contaminated our seas? The Seabin has been invented by two surfers from Perth in Australia. Working like a giant hoover, it actually sucks the debris from the sea as it floats on top of the water. The secret is a simple pump that draws the water up and away. Coming soon to a marina near you!
Do your bit too…
Two fabulous ideas to save our seas for the next generation. Do your bit by taking a sustainable and responsible trip such as this Eco Diving Experience in the Azores. You can enjoy a life-changing experience as well as helping to remove waste from the ocean for recycling. You’ll become certified with the PADI Open Water Diving Course, and contribute to a fascinating project.
Find more exciting eco experience holidays here.
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