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  • 7 daily habits that will help you and your family protect our oceans

The ocean. Vast, magnificent, magical, breathtaking… Now before we dive right in there are a couple of things we need to say. The ocean is in deep (pardon the pun) trouble. And it needs our help. 

Here is why we need to act:

Saving the ocean is a big task, and it starts with you and your family. In this article, we share seven daily habits that you can easily implement in your home that will help protect our oceans. 

1\ Go back to school

Drop the kiddies off, it's time for you to get learning too. Don't worry they'll be no detentions or pesky teachers just a bit of homework. 

Luckily, thanks to Netflix and the world wide web, some incredible documentaries are only a click away. Some of our fave flicks are

2\ Turtely-good products

Sunset beach

There are skin products and then there are reef-safe skin products. Reef-safe skin products are something we are very passionate about and remains at the core of Little Urchin’s story. Our products are designed to be reef-safe and eco-friendly, so we can help you do your bit of protecting the natural habitats for all living creatures. Slip, slop, slap our natural sunscreen on you and your family and then dive into the ocean without concern that your sunscreen is excreting harmful chemicals into our seas. 

Little Urchin’s range of reef-safe skin products includes:

Interest in learning more about reef-safe sunscreen? Read this article (click here)

3\ See-ya plastic

Plastic straws. Plastic water bottles. Plastic bags. All these things wind up in our oceans destroying habitats for generations to come. Unfortunately, responsibly recycling or disposing of your plastics correctly is not enough. So, how can you avoid contributing to this issue? Ditch plastic and switch to reusable options.

4\ Picky fishies

dad surfing

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the greatest threat to our oceans is overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices. Sadly, we've seen a rapid decrease in fish populations across the world. By simply checking that your fish has been sourced responsibly, you can help play a massive role in changing the fishing industry. Just like free-range eggs have risen in popularity, we are sure that sustainable fish will too. 

Head to Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide website or download their app straight onto your phone. 

5\ Microbead-free

We couldn’t mention responsible consumerism and not mention microbeads. Microbeads are small, solid, manufactured plastic particles that are put into your bathroom products like toothpaste, body wash, and exfoliators. They are used for many reasons including to prolong the shelf life of products, as a cheap bulking agent and for its exfoliating and abrasive properties. 

Microbeads are so micro that they can't be caught by our wastewater treatment facilities. This means they end up in our waterways and eventually oceans and being plastic, don’t degrade or dissolve in water. These microbeads are destined to live in our oceans and inside marine life for thousands of years to come.

A great organisation, Beat The Microbead, has created an app! Simply scan a product and the app will tell you whether it is microbead-free or not! Search ‘Beat The Microbead’ in your app store. 

6\ Switch off

Imagine the positive impact we could make if each family practiced Earth Hour once a week! Give it a go, light a candle and play a board game with the kids! You might even notice a lower power bill and more quality time spent with the family. 

7\ Take 3

Kids swimming

Have you heard of Take 3 for the sea, its the Australian charity that's taking the world by storm! Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or anywhere and you have made a difference. It's also a great activity to get the kids involved in.

There you have it! Seven daily habits to help you and your family protect our oceans. If you enjoyed this article and want to do your part to protect the oceans, please share this article. The more people we can get involved, the better for our planet.

* Little Urchin uses the term ‘natural’ because the ingredients in our products are ones found in nature that are unharmful to the body and used in their natural form or are refined, purified or transformed in the laboratory from sources in nature.  The refinement, purification and transformation processes of certain ingredients are chemical processes required to make the underlying, natural ingredients suitable for use in a sunscreen or moisturiser product.  These processes do not involve the use of synthetic chemicals.