One day. One planet. One goal.
World Clean Up Day 2018 is almost here! On September 15th volunteers, including us here at OSIER will be working together to clean up our streets, parks, beaches and forests.
No matter where you are, you can jump onboard. The ‘green wave’ as WCUD like to call it begins in New Zealand and travels across the globe, finishing 36 hours later in Hawaii.
A big deal? We think so. WCUD began 10 years ago in Estonia when 4% of the population came together to make a difference in just one day. Each year the movement gets bigger and stronger!
Through a day of rubbish-collecting, clean up samples show that 10% of everything which is collected is plastic! After watching A Plastic Ocean on Netflix, the time to get involved is now. By working together to help our land, we in turn help reduce the pollution enter our oceans. So let’s save our fishes, whales, turtles, seals and birds eating this plastic!
How can you get involved?
Head over to: https://www.worldcleanupday.org/get-involved/
Or sign up to their Facebook page to find out what’s going on in your area!
One day can make a huge difference, but here at OSIER we don’t stop there! Here are our favourite tips for shifting your lifestyle to a more sustainable, ocean friendly way:
- Simplify - Let’s get to the basics. Buy only what you need and invest well! This means getting a trusty reusable water bottle, shopping tote bags, reusable lunch boxes, and few but meaningful items of clothing and OSIER accessories.
- Give Eco-day a go - Challenge yourself to one day or afternoon a week where you resist buy anything and cut down on your day-to-day regular resources. Yesmagazine quotes that ‘every hour per week that you live no impact cuts your carbon emissions by 0.6 percent annually’. So giving yourself this challenge could save up to 14.4% per year! Instead of switching on the TV and ordering that new dress, pick up an old book and save energy instead!
- Sharing is caring - Swapping clothing, shoes, books, magazines, movies can reduce our consumption dramatically, and the best way to mix up your style, hobbies and interests!
- Compost - Did you know that: coffee filters, tea bags, pizza boxes, stale crackers, old herbs and spices, wine corks, old cotton sheets, bills, old business cards, used matches, latex balloons and Christmas trees can all go in your compost! And your compost can go directly into your garden.
- Eco-home - Replacing with LED light bulbs, reflector sheets behind your radiators and insulated walls! Also consider natural cleaning products such as like vinegar, citric acid from citrus fruits and bicarbonate of soda can be used in place of caustic chemicals to great effect.