Ocean Currents » reduce trash http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:54:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Three Things You Can Do Online to Save Paper http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/10/26/three-things-you-can-do-online-to-save-paper/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/10/26/three-things-you-can-do-online-to-save-paper/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:00:43 +0000 Catherine Fox http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=2672

What if everyone reduced their mail just a little? Credit: Ed Siasoco’s flickr stream.

Paper has been integral to human culture since its invention. But today, with convenient and eco-friendly digital options, we shouldn’t take it for granted.

Reducing paper use is good for the environment, including our ocean. Using less paper

It’s daunting to stop and notice just how much trash we each generate every day—but heartening when you can make a few simply changes in how you do things and instantly see results. Take your mailbox, for instance.

With just three online choices, you can reduce the amount of paper arriving in it—and going out—by pounds a year, and maybe even inspire friends and family to follow suit.

Sign up for e-bills—receive and pay them online
When you add up how many bills (and envelopes) you get each month, you may be surprised. A typical list might include half a dozen or more monthly envelopes filled with paper:

  • mortgage or rent
  • phone
  • cable
  •  credit card(s)
  • electricity
  • gas
  • water

Double that for each bill you send back out with payment in a stamped envelope. Now multiply that number by thousands of people, and the paper savings are obvious. Setting up e-bills through the payee and your bank is easy and convenient. Added bonus: remember to sign up for e-reminders and you’ll always pay on time!

Send e-cards and e-vites
If you haven’t gotten in the habit, try it—and maybe the folks you send them to will return the favor and correspond with you without using paper in return.

Embrace e-commerce, echew cataloges
Pounds and pounds of catalogues, pages and pages of paper. Going online to browse is just as easy as leafing through a cataloge, and so much more ocean friendly!

If you want to stop receiving one particular catalogue, write directly to the company. To cover many bases, send an email to optout@abacus-us.com or check out Catalog Choice.

Three areas of change. It’s really that simple to make a visible difference for the ocean. Try it and see for yourself, then offer encouraging words to others—paper-free, of course, in the comments section below.

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How do you live trash-free? http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/06/27/how-did-you-live-trash-free/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/06/27/how-did-you-live-trash-free/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:59:15 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=1309

Scharmel from Little Rock submitted this photo of her dog, Pablo Picasso, snooping around in her reusable bag. Show us how you live trash-free at oceanconservancy.org/photocontest.

Earlier this month, Ocean Conservancy launched the Trash-Free Challenge to start a movement to reduce the trash we all create. We set out with a simple goal: If we could get 10,000 people to go trash-free for one month, we could stop over a million pounds of trash before it had a chance to reach our ocean. As we wrap up our challenge, here are some things participants have been doing to reduce their trash output. Thanks to everyone who has shared their tips with us!

Ruth emailed us to let us know she’s started using small, glass tonic water and ginger-ale bottles as on-the-go water bottles. They’re easily reusable, an ideal size for carrying around in a purse or bag, and because they are made of glass they reduce the risk of exposure to chemicals like BPA found in certain kinds of plastic.

James shared with us his memories of swimming in the ocean at Boca Raton and Delray Beach- prior to devastation from naval activity on the high Seas during WWII- when the water was pristine and beautiful. These memories led him to live a life of sustainability that consists of using reusable water bottles and similar products, and never discarding waste of any kind into the ocean.

Chris started a composting program at her kids’ school. Every day at lunch the students place all of their food waste into gallon buckets by the trash cans. Chris goes to the school, picks them up and brings them home for worm composting. At the end of the school year, she had gathered about 9,600 pounds of food waste to give back to the earth. She also successfully taught her children and their peers an incredibly valuable lesson: one simple and minor action can add up to something much bigger and much more beneficial to the planet as a whole.

The 30-Day Trash-Free Challenge may be winding down, but don’t let it stop here! Continue to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle, even if it’s as simple as keeping your reusable bags or coffee mugs right by your front door so you remember to grab them when you leave the house. If you have tips to share, leave them in the comments section below, and remember to submit your photos to our Trash-Free photo contest and vote to win our Reusable Starter Kit.

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