As part of the Two Oceans Aquarium’s mandate to raise awareness about the environment and encourage a sustainable lifestyle, we champion a number of causes. These are just some of the issues that we find important. Join us by taking these simple steps in your journey to a greener footprint and a healthier, happier world.
Most plastic shopping bags end up in landfill or in the sea where they are often swallowed by animals. These animals suffer a terrible and slow death, after which the plastic bag still remains in the environment. Choose a beautiful reusable fabric shopper and say “no thanks!” next time the cashier asks if you would like to buy a plastic bag.
Straws are one of the most common rubbish items found on our beaches. Much like plastic bags, straws are often swallowed by marine creatures, resulting in blockages which ultimately cause death. Refuse this luxury item next time you buy a cold drink or milkshake, you’ll be surprised by how unnecessary it is.
Balloons are festive and pretty, but this comes at a cost. Released balloons end up in the environment where they kill animals when they are mistaken for food and eaten. Animals are also strangled in balloon debris and die slow and unnecessary deaths. Biodegradable balloons take months, even years to degrade by which time the damage has already been done.
South African tap water is safe to drink and amongst the best in the world! Often, bottled water is no different from tap water. Bottled water is sold at a premium due to the apparent convenience, but the result is just more unnecessary plastic waste that ends up in the environment. Keep a reusable bottle handy and fill it from a tap or water cooler.
Cigarette butts are the most commonly found litter item in the world! These butts (filters) are made from plastic fibres and do not biodegrade. Not only do they not break down, they are full of harmful toxins like nicotine and tar. These toxins leach into the soil and groundwater and can kill animals if eaten and fish if the butts end up in water. Please dispose of cigarette butts responsibly.
Box bands, and other loops formed by rubbish, can end up entangling land and sea animals to the point where they are slowly strangled to death. Make sure all looped refuse is cut before disposal (and recycled where possible) otherwise you are essentially throwing a noose into the environment!
Many of our fisheries are in deep trouble – there are simply not enough fish left in the oceans to keep everyone in business. You can make a huge difference to our oceans’ resources by choosing to eat seafoods that are still plentiful and can cope with today’s fishing pressures.