If you’re shopping try supporting socially responsible companies
Reborn Rubber (shameless plug) – We make a slim wallet from used wetsuits (always cleaned and decontaminated first). We also use polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. 10% of you purchase will go towards ocean cleanup. Its thin, durable and zero impact. A cool gift for divers and surfers.
4Ocean – These guys sell a bracelet. For every bracelet purchased they will remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean. They have removed over 1 million pounds of trash since the company was started a in 2017.
SandCloud – The Company was started selling towels but has expanded to other products. They donate 10% of the purchase to ocean cleanup.
Saltwater Tribe – Same concept as SandCloud. The founder is a diver and the company sells “ocean inspired” gifts. They donate 10% of their profits as well.
Some other notable mentions
Riz Boardshorts - eco-friendly swimwear
Tree Tribe – eco-friendly sunglasses
Bureo – A pretty cool skateboard made from recycled plastic
IndoSole – footwear made from used tires
The aim of Eco tourism is to attract travelers to locations to raise awareness for a variety of environmental reasons and support local economies. Critics would say that most travel is a net negative impact environmentally. The wiki page is a good primer as it differentiates what a true definition of Eco-tourism is versus what the travel industry sells it as.
Buy a single use water bottle
Last year Americans used 50 billion plastic single use water bottles. That is a staggering number and concerning when you think about where many of those bottles end up. Buying a single use water bottle is an easy way to reduce your carbon foot print. Hydroflask, Yeti and 4ocean are some great places to start.
Donate to organizations that support marine conservation
You may remember seeing the great Atlantic garbage patch in the news recently. This really spiked awareness and brought attention to the progressive damage being done to the ocean by pollution. The oceans and the marine species that inhabit them need support and innovative ideas being implemented by the organizations below. Donating to them not only supports healthy coral systems but effects positive change in ocean cleanup.
Coral Restoration Foundation - The world's largest non-profit marine-conservation organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs
The Ocean Cleanup – This organization if a forerunner in innovation and tech focused on removing ocean plastic
The Ocean Conservancy – A non-profit science based approach to ocean cleanup