Solutions Inspire: Saving Our Ocean

food-waste.jpg_largeWe found this on Twitter posted by @UNEnvironment. (You can follow us @BlueLifeConnect)

Small changes at the grocery store, at the dinner table and on the way to the garbage can will make a huge difference – to the Ocean. The info-graphic to the left shows the simple ways how – and why. It’s all about paying attention, making the small habit changes we can, and doing that daily. That’s the premise of the BLUE LIFE JOURNAL.

Check the “use by” date and learn just how much longer that food item is actually safe to use – and will cooking extend the time

Shop local – Being a locavore is powerful. Locavores are people who eat only locally-grown produce and, when possible, rely on meat, eggs, and other food products from local sources. These food are fresher, don’t travel so far from farm to market (and need less preservatives) and are grown by your neighbors.

While plastic is what we worry about most – living in a landfill for almost eternity – we dispose of much that can be composted. Buy what you need and then learn how to turn the “waste” into something of value. The high desert earth where I try to grow things with a not-so-green thumb would benefit from enrichment. Compost is decomposed organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen waste. It provides many essential nutrients for plant growth and therefore is often used as fertilizer. But you don’t have to BUY fertilizer, if you create it yourself. Compost also improves soil structure so that soil can easily hold the correct amount of moisture, nutrients and air.

These surprising “Blue Life” choices begin at home – even you live nowhere near the Ocean. #BeatPollution with a “Blue” mindset. We would love to hear your ideas.

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