5 actions you can take to save the ocean

Here are 5 simple actions that you can take today to contribute to the preservation of our oceans. Tried and tested by our team!

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1. Change your lightbulbs

Easy isn't it?

ACTION #1: All you need to do is replace all lights in the house with energy-saver fluorescent light globes.

IF you replace 20 bulbs of 60W each

with 20 energy-saver fluorescent light globes,

your electricity consumption will drop by 85%!

PRO TIP: get 'cold white' bulbs for the kitchen or places where you need brighter light. Choose 'warm white' instead, for your reading lamp. 

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2. Take shorter showers

The average American shower uses 17.2 gallons (65.1 liters) and lasts for 8.2 minutes at average flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute (gpm) (7.9 lpm).

8.2 minutes is far too long. 

In an average home, showers are typically the third largest water use after toilets and clothes washers.

ACTION #2: Use a timer on your phone, set it at 3 minutes.

PRO TIP: use your favorite song in the background to time yourself. Songs are usually 3 to 4 minutes long, so it should work!

 

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3. Use colourful toilet paper

colourful toilet paper

A strange tip, but very very useful.

Did you know that toilet tissue accounts for 15 percent of deforestation?

And that to make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed?

so it's time for action!

ACTION #3: buy colourful toilet paper to easily track down how much toilet paper you are using in a week. After a week, try to decrease your usage by 2 or 3 tubes. Slowly cut down on toilet paper as you learn more about your consuming habits.

 

4. Use a dishwasher, skip the sink!

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Seems irrational, but it's true.

Hand-washing your dishes is not only outdated and pre-tech era, but it is also VERY BAD for your water consumption levels.

ACTION #4: Invest in a dishwasher that has the 'eco-friendly' option. If you cannot buy a dishwasher right now, try to fill a tank with the amount of water you might need to wash a specific load, measure how many litres you are using and the next time around try to use 1 or 2 litres less. 

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5. Cut the junk mail

We're talking about all those catalogues, look books and fliers you get in your email (the off-line one, duh).

On average, a person in the United States uses more than 700 pounds of paper every year. I don't think the stats will be much different where you live.

ACTION #5: Unsubscribe from all physical email you are receiving in your mailbox.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

YOU ARE NOW ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTING TO SAVE THE EARTH!

 

Giada Fratini