You can do something about it !

Here are some tips to reduce your impacts on the Blue Planet.

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Reduce waste at the source (less packaging, re-usable products...)
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Recycle and buy recyclable products. 1 tonne of recycled plastic = 1800 polar fleece sweaters, 1 tonne of cardboard = 5000 cereal boxes, 250 aluminium cans = 1 bike
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Enjoying the view? Do not litter or take anything back with you when you are on a hiking trip. Everything ends in the Ocean, even if you're not close to the sea.
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Support eco-designed objects: favour biodegradable products, objects with a long lifespan...
Avoid to throw food leftovers, keep them for later and buy only what you need. You will reduce your food waste and your trash by more than 20 kg per year.
Avoid to throw food leftovers, keep them for later and buy only what you need. You will reduce your food waste and your trash by more than 20 kg per year.
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Reducing pollution by being careful about toxic chemicals: use fewer pesticides; store and dispose safely. Find collection programs for batteries, oil, and household hazardous waste.
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Buy locally. Less transport is needed to produce fresher and better food for your health and for the Ocean !
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Re-use (rechargeable batteries); bring your own bags to the store; Repair, borrow, rent or share or donate goods.
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For you coffee break, take a mug instead of a plastic cup. Similarly, when you go camping, prefer re-usable cutlery.
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Fly only for distances greater than 700 km. Otherwise take the train. A transatlantic flight produces almost half as much CO2 as an average person produces over a period of one year while meeting all his or her other needs, such as lighting, heating and car travel!
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Go to a carwash instead of your garden. They have settling tanks that allow the treatment of hydrocarbons, oils and other solvents whereas your garden doesn't.
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Recycle : 3 litres of used oil can be recycled to give one new litre of oil.
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Try non-toxic products, such as baking soda or vinegar, instead of hazardous chemicals for cleaning.
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Refuse to receive advertisements in your mailbox if you never read them. A simple mention on the box should be enough.
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Use phosphate-free laundry and dishwasher detergent.

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See how things can change thanks to global action !

  • In the Northeast Atlantic, concentrations of DDT, lindane and PCBs have decreased in most stocks, including fish and mussels. Aggregated results of time-trends in concentrations of heavy metals per sea area over the past 15 years show falling levels for cadmium, mercury and lead in blue mussels and fish.
  • Since the mid-1980’s there has been a significant reduction (about 50% in the North Sea) in the total input of phosphorus from rivers to most European seas through improved sewage treatment, reduced industrial discharges, and a change to phosphate-free detergent. But unfortunately, nitrogen input was not reduced to the same extent as phosphorus input, creating unbalanced conditions triggering massive algal blooms.
  • Reduction and banning lead in automobile fuel has caused levels of the toxic metal in ocean waters to fall, especially in the North Atlantic.
  • Globally, the most reliable estimates of the incidence of oils in the environment are based on comparisons of data for 1983 and 2003. The latter is expressed as a percentage of the earlier values. Total oil inputs decreased to 37 per cent of 1985 levels, oil inputs from atmospheric deposition to 17 per cent; from land-based sources to 12 per cent; from tanker accidents to 25 per cent and from tanker operations to five per cent.
  • In North America, spills from vessels between 1990 and 1999 decreased by two thirds compared to the previous decade; releases from oil and gas exploration and production have also decreased dramatically in this period.
  • Shipping is the safest and most environmentally benign form of commercial transport. There has been a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last 15 years, especially with regard to the amount of oil spilled into the sea, despite a massive increase in world sea borne trade: 85 thousand tons of oil were spilled in 1985 and 17 thousand tonnes were spilled in 2005.