Make Sure There’ll Always Be Plenty of Fish…
“There’s plenty more fish in the sea” - or is there? According to predictions from the World Economic Forum (WEF), it’s only a matter of time until there is more plastic than fish in our oceans.
The WEF published this forecast in 2016 in conjunction with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Company, estimating that the total weight of plastic in the ocean will be greater than that of fish by 2050, unless we all do our bit to look after the planet and reduce so-called ‘plastic soup’ in the sea.
Plastic bags, water bottles, food packaging, and soap and shampoo bottles are all ending up in the ocean far too much, so we need to take more responsibility for waste and recycling in order to safeguard the Earth for the next generation.
At Natural Beauty Online, many of the products we stock contain sea kelp as a key ingredient, so we’re incredibly passionate about taking care of our oceans, whether that’s by refusing to buy single-use plastic bags, or using only sustainably sourced and recyclable beauty products.
How Our Lifestyles Are Impacting Oceans
In March 2019, a story emerged revealing that a dead whale that had washed up on a Philippines shore was found to have 40kg of plastic in its stomach, demonstrating the fatal effect our failure to recycle and live sustainably is having on the world around us.
Workers from the D’Bone Collector Museum who recovered the whale stated it was “the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale”.
This is the devastating reality of a failure to recycle single-use plastics, and should act as a wake-up call to anyone who still doesn’t double check the sustainability of the products they buy.
Commenting on the 2016 WEF report, the organisation’s head of public-private partnership Dominic Waughray, emphasised that everyone has a role to play in making sure there’ll always be plenty of fish in the sea, stating: “This report demonstrates the importance of triggering a revolution in the plastics industrial ecosystem and is a first step to showing how to transform the way plastics move through our economy.
“To move from insight to large-scale action, it is clear that no one actor can work on this alone. The public, private sector and civil society all need to mobilise to capture the opportunity of the new circular plastics economy.”
What Role Can You Play with Your Beauty Choices?
We can all play a part in ensuring the WEF’s prediction never becomes a reality and that there are always plenty of fish in the sea; at Natural Beauty Online, you’ll find products that are kind to the sea, as well as to your skin and hair.
Take the Dermikelp® range, for example; each product in the collection is made from a type of sea kelp called ecklonia maxima, which naturally grows off the west coast of South Africa, away from shipping lanes. This means the kelp can thrive healthily and is rich in natural nutrients.
Dermikelp® respects this when it is harvesting the kelp, using specially trained divers who harvest the ecklonia maxima by hand on a rotational basis, which ensures it can continue to thrive for longer and serve as a habitat for other marine wildlife.
If you choose to buy Dermikelp®, you’ll be choosing sustainable, and all of the packaging that the brand uses is 100% recyclable, so make sure you’re disposing of your used products properly and you’ll be doing your bit to make sure there’ll always be plenty of fish in the sea.
Remember, without marine wildlife that we look after and encourage to thrive, products like Dermikelp® wouldn’t exist, so we need to protect our planet if we want to continue to benefit from it for many years to come.