Today is World Ocean Day! The UN states "the concept of a 'World Oceans Day' was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it.
The theme of this year's World Oceans Day is "One Ocean, One Climate, One Future - Together"
Coming from an island surrounded by pristine ocean, this is a message very close to our heart.
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen. With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it.
A refinery 29 article stated that In the last 70 years humans have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics — and 91% of it hasn’t been recycled. What’s more, 70% of plastic waste is estimated to end up in the ocean or in landfills, where it takes over 400 years to decompose. That all means that by 2050, there will be more pounds of plastic in the ocean than fish.
OrganiQ had made a pledge to use no single use plastics in any of our packaging or accessories. Furthermore we add nothing in to our products that is not safe enough to eat or be sprinkled in the garden.
Did you know that oxybenzone and octinoxate, two of the most common sunscreen ingredients that are also toxic for corals. We need the world’s reefs for coastal protection, food, ocean habitats, medicine, and so much more, but experts estimate that 90% of all reefs will be dead by 2050
Growing up in a small community we know the importance of a connected eco system. The importance of protecting the land and sea that surrounds us.
Because once the damage is done it is almost impossible to reverse and not always possible to repair without a collective mindset.