The importance of recycling day in the nautical world

The importance of recycling day in the nautical world

May 17, 2021

The climate change is real and the water level is rising. This is what most scientists agree to nowadays. So, how can a day focused on recycling help raise awareness regarding this matter? Global Recycling Day takes place every year on May 17.

 Waste and recycling have been issues many people have been taking seriously worldwide. We will discuss the importance of recycling in the nautical world and what we can do to help. 

woman hands holding plastic waste

Plastic pollution in the ocean

At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. This makes up 80% of marine debris from surface waters. Not only is it affecting marine species that are ingesting or getting entangled by this plastic, and therefore dying, but also it is coming back to us.

Microplastics are small fragments of any type of plastic. They are less than 5mm in length. As fishes ingest plastics and we eat fish, humans are starting to ingest plastic as well. 

It is believed on average we eat, drink or breathe in more than 74,000 microplastic particles each year. This could be exposing us to harmful chemicals.

 For more information regarding this issue, you can read how the Ocean Race will collect significant nautical data.

used plastic bottles

Recycling is great for all

Three words. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Reduce involves buying less, while by reusing we give multiple uses to a product or material. Finally, recycling involves allowing a product to receive a new use.

The most effective ways to save natural resources and protect the environment is by reducing and reusing. This prevents pollution caused by harvesting raw materials, it saves energy and saves money amongst other benefits.

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postit with words reduce, reuse, recycle

How can we reduce and reuse?

  • Buy used products. From clothes to building material, this can be bought at reuse centers. On many occasions these are less expensive and they can be good as new. Give it a try!
  • Look for products with less packaging. The less plastic around, the better. This will not end up in the oceans and become fish food. Also, it helps reduce waste and costs.
  • Buy reusable over disposable items. For example, instead of using disposable items, bring your own silverware and cup to work.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently. This can apply to decorations, tools or furniture. This way not only you save up space at work, but also money buying items you won’t really be using!

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