Traveling by boat is the perfect way to enjoy clear water, scenic views, and the beautiful natural environment of the earth, but frequent sailors have likely seen an increasing invasive species on land and in the open water: plastic garbage. Recent research has predicted if we don’t change our behavior, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. What can we do? How can we travel in a way that treads lightly on the earth and its many creatures?

 

Here are 10 ideas to reduce your footprint while traveling it's easier than you think :)




1. Cut down on plastic packaging. Don’t let your food wrappers escape into the water. Choose unpackaged foods, or save food wrappers and dispose of them properly on land.

2. When choosing souvenirs, avoid cheaply-made items and look for pieces that are crafted locally.

3. If shopping for swimwear check out these recycled options.

4. Use a mineral sunscreen.
Chemical sunscreens are poisoning natural coral reefs. Read the label on your sunscreen bottle and avoid these four ingredients.

5. Bring your own reusable bag for shopping. More than 100,000 marine animals such as whales, birds, seals, and turtles are killed every year from plastic bag litter. Animals mistake plastic for food or get entangled and trapped by plastic waste.

6. Reduce energy consumption by using a solar-powered phone charger.

7. Get out in nature and walk whenever possible.
When you reach your destination, take in the local scenery by walking when possible instead of driving. You’ll get low-impact exercise and lower your carbon footprint.

8. Reduce food waste. While indulging in food and drink on your trip, try to order or cook and serve only the food you will eat. More than one third of all food produced globally is wasted or spoiled, and organic matter in landfills provides 20% of all methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes considerably to climate change.

9. Just say no to plastic straws in your drink. Plastic straws harm wildlife and cannot be recycled. If you need a straw, bring your own glass or metal straw.

10. Bring a reusable water bottle with you and refill it instead of purchasing single-use plastic bottles.


Watch: Stunning New Footage of Plastic Pollution in Indonesia (And Learn How Each of Us Can Help)