Here at Eartlymart we know the importance of clean, clear water. It’s makes up the natural cleaning products we sell and we wouldn’t have a business without it. All the raw materials used in the products we sell are biodegradable and water friendly.
According to Ocean Crusaders.org, it is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. That is an incredible amount of plastic!
Ocean debris is continuously mixed by wind and wave action and widely dispersed both over huge surface areas and throughout the top portion of the water column. It is possible to sail through “garbage patch” areas in the Pacific and see very little or no debris on the water’s surface. It is also difficult to estimate the size of these “patches,” because the borders and content constantly change with ocean currents and winds. Regardless of the exact size, mass, and location of the “garbage patch,” manmade debris does not belong in our oceans and waterways and must be addressed.
According to HelpSaveNature.com, The
Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains almost 3.5 million tons of trash in the
form of light bulbs, bottle caps, Popsicle sticks, bottles, cans, fishing gear,
polystyrene cups, shoes, toys, and even toothbrushes. Plastic constitutes
around 85% of the garbage floating in this great garbage patch.
Plastics also leach and absorb harmful pollutants. Marine mammals are not only getting tangled up in plastic, but they are consuming it, as well.
An increase in pollution is harming our food supplies, drinking water and environment. It is also creating issues in the oceans ecosystem and hurting the animals and plant life that rely on the ocean and rivers for their survival. Once water becomes polluted it becomes unsafe for consumption due to the dangerous or toxic materials that are in the water. Contaminated water that is consumed could lead to sickness, infections, diseases and even death.
It is estimated that more than a billion people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. Could you imagine a life without clean water? Or even a day in your life? We all have a responsibility to ourselves and our planet to do what we can to not make this problem worse!
Here are a few things you can start with on your journey to help keep our water supply cleaner:
1. Carefully choose the products that you buy.
Eco-friendly, biodegradable natural cleaning products should be used to replace toxic cleaning chemicals, sprays and other supplies. Natural cleaning products are extremely helpful as they do not contaminate the water that they come in contact with, so if they go down a drain pipe or sewage drain, there is at least a less negative consequence.
2. Take a hard look at your outdoor surfaces.
Storm water flows across hard materials, like concrete or asphalt, and into storm drains—bringing all the dirty stuff it picked up along the way. Stop these pollution streams on your own property by using gravel, paver stones, wood, or other porous materials whenever possible. If a hard surface is unavoidable (say, in the case of a driveway), dig a shallow trench along the border and add plants or gravel to catch the runoff before it travels too far. Plants and other landscaping options are great for runoff and they supply food and shelter for insects and wildlife.
3. Remember, your toilet is not a trash can.
Never flush nondegradable products, like baby wipes or plastic tampon applicators. They can wind up littering beaches and water. (No one wants to walk along a beach and step in their own garbage!) And never dump old pills in the toilet, either. Instead, bring them to a local pharmacy that has a take-back program.
4. Neither is your sink.
Don’t let paint, used oil, chemical cleaners, or other questionable household products go down the drain. These items contain toxic ingredients that we don’t want or need going into our water supply. Contact your local sanitation, public works, or environmental health department to find out when, how and where to dispose of these harmful chemicals.
5. Pick up after your dog
Properly disposing of pet waste keeps that bacteria-laden crap (literally) from running into storm drains and water supplies. Check your local ordinances to find the best way to dispose of pet waste.
6. Be a more careful car owner.
Regular maintenance can reduce the leaking of oil, coolant, antifreeze, and other nasty liquids that are carried by rainwater down driveways or through parking lots and then seep into groundwater supplies. Always choose a car wash over washing your own car. It saves water and car washes are required to drain their wastewater into sewer systems, where the water is treated for all the chemicals before being discharged. Many even recycle that water!
Those are just a few things to get you started on this journey to protect and even improve our water systems. There is so much more each of us can do.
Green Living is Clean Living