How you can help bring our seas back to life

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Our seas are in crisis, but we can all be part of the solution...

Become a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones

We're working hard to secure a full network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), but we need your help! Become a Friend of MCZs today to support our campaign for better protected seas and make your voice heard when the time comes. 

Say no to single use plastics

Marine litter kills over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year. Over 80% of this marine debris is plastic. The problem might be global, but the solution starts at home. Start with the big 4, all can be replaced with a reusable version:
- Shopping bag
- Drinking water bottle
- Coffee Cup
- Straws

Almost 200,000 plastic bottles are bought every second around the world. Less than half of these are recycled. Think of the impact we could have if we all used a refillable bottle, said no to straws and carried a canvas bag...

Reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible

Much of what we buy can be recycled. We're doing a good job of kitchen recycling - but remember the rest of the house too! Shampoo bottles, batteries and even old electrical equipment can be recycled.

Being out and about is no excuse to forget good habits. Keep an eye out for public recycling bins or take that plastic bottle home to recycle.

Check toiletries for microplastics

"Microplastics" are any plastics with a diameter of less than 5mm. This can be whole products (like nurdles or microbeads) or those created when larger plastic items already in the oceans fragment into smaller pieces. Microbeads are found in many toiletries and cosmetic products (toothpaste, face scrubs, make up) but are not caught during sewage treatment and so end up at sea. They have been found in fish destined for restaurants and even in the deep sea. Take the time to go through your bathroom cabinet and check the ingredients list for Polyethylene and  Polypropylene. You can find microbead-free alternatives in all major supermarkets and chemists.

Use environmentally friendly detergents

Most washing detergents contain phosphates which can be damaging to freshwater and marine animals and lead to poor water quality in our rivers, lakes and estuaries. When you're shopping, check the labels on your products and whilst you're doing the washing, wash at a lower temperature.

Buy local and sustainably caught fish

Buying locally caught fish not only means a fresher product and support for your local fishing fleet, but it dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of your meal. Try to opt for sustainably caught fish - that means fish that are caught using the least damaging methods and are fished within biological limits. Avoid deep water fish such as the orange roughy.

Don’t buy ornaments or jewellery made from marine creatures

Never buy any souvenirs that have dried sea creatures (starfish, seahorses, coral, sponges or shells) stuck on them: often these are endangered species. Over 100 million (100,000,000) wild seahorses are removed from the oceans each year for sale, medicine and ornaments. Report any sales of dried sea creatures to illegaltrade@theseahorsetrust.org .

Take care of our beaches

In the last 15 years the amount of litter on our beaches has almost doubled. The problem can seem overwhelming, but we can all play our part. As well as taking your litter home with you, why not join in on a beach clean?

Good habits start at home and all drains lead to the sea! Be sure to never flush wet wipes, cotton buds or any litter - only the 3 Ps (pee, poo, paper) should go down the loo.

Volunteer for the sea

Contact your local Wildlife Trust to find out how you can get involved in bringing our seas back to life.

Leave a legacy

Please contact us to discuss how your legacy can support vital conservation projects around the UK. 

Join your local Wildlife Trust

Become a member of your local Wildlife Trust and support conservation near to you.

Thank you for your support!

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