With Earth Day coming up we wanted to share some tips that some of our staff has already been doing to reduce their impact on the environment. There are many things one can do to reduce their impact on the environment, this not a complete list or a list that needs to be fully implement by everyone. Pick a few things that you can change to your daily routine and stick with it for the long haul.
- Maintain proper tire pressure.
One of the easiest things to do, with proper air pressure in your tires your vehicle maintains better fuel efficiency.
- When you visit the beach pack an extra bag.
When you’re walking along the beach or picking up shells have a separate bag just for plastic bits. Someone may ask what your doing and you can spread idea this way. I once knew a retiree that did this for his daily workout, he would go about 2-3 miles a day and generally fill up 3 shopping bags.
- Bring a mesh bag on all dives.
What needs to be removed? Plastics mostly. Glass, metal, and wood is not necessarily as harmful to the environment as plastic and can cause a high workload underwater leave things like that to more experienced divers.
- Unplug appliances and chargers when not in use.
Even if the appliance is not being used it draws a small charge using power.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
If you already have one set it a few degrees warmer when you leave for a vacation or daily for work. And set it 1 degree warmer than it currently is and you can save some money and energy.
- Bring silverware from home for lunch.
Refuse plastic utensils when dining at fast-casual restaurants. This reduces energy used from produce to extra waste.
- Bring your own coffee cup.
This will reduce your plastic and Styrofoam use immensely. Styrofoam floats and is ingested by many marine species, from birds, fish to our beloved sea turtles.
- Refuse straws at restaurants and bars.
There are reusable straws on the market now, so you can even bring one from home. Happily many restaurants are switching to paper, which break down into wood pulp.
- Bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
We even have them at the dive shop when you make a purchase that requires a bag. Please refuse plastic bags when you can. If you have to get them, find a second use for them, such as a bathroom trash liner.
- Plant a tree!
If you have space plant lots of trees. They filter out all that CO2 and turn back into a solid. If you live in an apartment try some indoor plants, snake plants do really well indoors.
- Try your hand at gardening.
This covers a number of variables and reduces your impact in multiple ways. Plus it is the very best way to have the tastiest produce picked at its peak.
There you have it, a sample of 11 simple and practical things our staff is doing to help offset their effects on the environment. Give them a try yourself!