If you love surfing some gnarly waves, it’s time to think about your plastic usage. It’s no secret that plastic and other toxins are absolutely destroying our oceans. Take a boat ride a couple of miles off shore and you’d be disgusted at the types of rubbish you find floating to the surface – and that’s only what’s on the surface. The real danger that plastic and toxins pose on our oceans lie beneath the surface, posing severe risks for the marine life you share epic barrels with. So, if you love surfing, boating or beaches, and want to make sure they’re here for many more years to come, here are some ways to cut back on your plastic usage to start protecting your surfing spot.
By now, everyone has seen that horrible video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nostril. Horrible to watch? Absolutely. Reality? Unfortunately. Straws are one of the worst things for our oceans. So, the next time you order a cocktail at the beach bar, skip out on the straw.
A day out in the sun can leave you seriously dehydrated, and while there’s no denying that you need some water after floating into shore, there’s no need for that water to be bottled. Carry around a reusable bottle instead, and save some money while also saving the environment and your own health.
After surfing some gnarly swells all day, you’ve likely worked up an appetite. So, you head to the nearest beach restaurant to grab something to eat before getting back out on the board. Start to give yourself enough time to dine in or at the very least, avoid using plastic cutlery.
It’s sad how many products are out there that absolutely deplete the ocean of its health and beauty. From toxic sunscreens to surf wax, these things are all commonly used by surfers without thinking twice about it, but as soon as you dip into that swell, you’re leaving a trail of chemicals behind you. So, start using ocean-friendly products, such as organic surf wax or natural sunscreen.
If you’re a smoker, try to butt out elsewhere. Perhaps you can keep your butts in a pile that you can throw out when you’re ready to call it a day or simply avoid lighting up while on the shores. Whatever you do, make sure your butts aren’t ending up in the water.
We get it – no one wants to clean up someone else’s mess. Unfortunately, the only way to reduce litter and pollution in the ocean is to do just that. So, if you see some rubbish floating on the surface, scoop it up. Every piece that’s removed makes a difference. We’ve come in from a day of surfing with everything from people’s shoes to pieces of boats; plastic bags; prescription pills; children toys; balloons – you name it. It’s a small gesture that makes a huge impact.
The next time you're looking for some new surfing gear, whether it's epic graphic tees, hoodies for surfers, surfer accessories, etc., purchase from a surfing brand that supports the anti-plastic movement. Here at Style Has No Boundaries, we donate €1.50 of every sale to the No Mas Plastik charity.
Every surfer and beachgoer who enjoys getting caught in a gnarly curl or basking on the sandy shores needs to start thinking about reducing their plastic usage. Otherwise, we all risk not being able to do the things we love because one day, we may not have reefs to snorkel and dolphin-jumping waves to surf.