Plastic Oceans – A Conscious Evolution

Our ocean is a seething, pearl bubbled mass of life, love and emerald visions. Who doesn’t retreat to the ocean when life feels tense and tiresome and not come back feeling a little more rejuvenated and inspired? It is out of our control, a vast expanse of jewel blue that soothes the soul. It is not a crowded shopping centre, or a tar road, both of which can have their own magic, but it is something so big, so unconstructed by man, so adored by mother nature that it can drown us and expand our awareness.

We are like little specks of seaweed floating through the ocean and if we can absorb and transmute our awe of the ocean, maybe this beautiful mess, this beautiful body of water can feel the touch of our own unique beauty as we try our best to care for the oceanic depths of mother nature by reducing our plastic consumption.

Ocean organisms regulate the world’s climate by containing sun heat, producing precipitation, and keeping the global temperature in balance through the movement of their currents. These organisms produce more than half of all the oxygen in our atmosphere.

Our oceans absorb man-made carbon emissions, which changes their chemical composition – this is known as ocean acidification. Marine pollution accumulates from industrial discharge, sewage, and rubbish. Yearly, approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash finds its way into the ocean, most of it is plastic. Plastic disintegrates into tiny particles, known as microplastics, that end up in seafood, sea salt, and in the food of our whales.

Manmade textiles produce microfibres. These are tiny synthetic fibres that shed, when they are washed in machines and sewerage treatment plants, and ultimately end up in our oceans. These tiny pieces of plastics are like mini sponges sucking up toxic chemicals. Over 60% of plastic debris in the ocean is from microfibers which come from our clothing.

How Can We Make a Difference?:

  • Choose clothing that is made from natural fibres of recycled polyester. Natural organically grown, fair-trade, clothing is a wonderful option. Plant dyed clothing and GOTS certified organic clothing minimises ocean pollution and also the release of toxins that can be absorbed by our own body as we were them. One of favourite sayings is, “If it’s good for the planet, it good for us!” It’s like the added bonus of caring for Mother Nature, she in turn will care for you.
  • Natural, high quality clothing, sheds less in the water than low quality synthetic products. You can hand wash garments with eco-friendly detergents and dispose of the water in your garden.
  • Second hand clothing is wonderful for minimising endless consumption – look for organic, natural fibres once more. Polyester fleeces shed, especially as they age, and can end up in the ocean. So we can still be conscious when choosing second-hand items. Though if you do need a synthetic fibre item, recycled is the way to go.
  • Choose a micro-conscious wardrobe. Being overwhelmed with what to buy and what we have can be energetically draining. Expand from a really solid foundation.
  • When machine washing use cold water and liquid detergents, there is less friction which equals less shedding.
  • Dispose of lint from the dryer into a bin rather than a sink.
  • You could use a Guppyfriend washing bag which can help to reduce microfibre pollution. These bags capture microfibres off clothes. Simply wash synthetic clothes in the washbag and it helps to reduce fibre breakage and capture microfibres in the seams of the bag.
  • Choose to let go of the need to use single use plastic items where possible. The less plastic used, the less plastic that can find its way into our oceans.

Living on the magical planet we all at times use plastic, and cannot help but contribute to environmental pollution. However with respect for our planet, ourselves and by listening to our hearts we can gently become more and more eco-conscious. Just changing one thing in your routine makes a difference. Collectively as we raise our awareness we can all contribute to a greener, nourished and beautiful planet for our lifetime and that of our children.