Pitch the plastic
carlyartForget that one-use plastic bottle. We can do better than that! On the go? Grab a reusable water bottle and lunch sack. Your simple yet impactful choice will significantly help reduce marine debris, which sea turtles and other marine animals can accidentally swallow or become entangled. Our favorite reusable lunch totes and sandwich baggies come from Art of Lunch! The newest series of bags, which will launch this summer, features art by local Lantana artist and long-friend of the Center, Carly Mejeur! Best of all, proceeds from these lunch bags go right back to LMC, so you’ll really be making a wave for change.

Wear blue
It might sound cheesy, but we promise you’ll feel better. Start off World Oceans Day 2016 right with a blue top, dress or jeans. Blue is considered a calming color, so it’ll help you relax as you take on the day with tons of fun blue activities, like picking up plastic or trash, taking a seaside selfie or visiting a local conservation organization like Loggerhead Marinelife Center!

Save water
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home. That’s a lot of water! You can help conserve water at home in a few simple ways: turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or when washing your hands or the dishes, wait to to do laundry until you can fill the machine with clothes, and reduce your shower time from (that action will save about 12 gallons for every five minutes you cut down!)

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SWIM with LMC
Because World Oceans Day should obviously be every day, and what better way to celebrate than with a vacation? Seriously though, Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s new SWIM eco-tours is a vacation that gives back. Guests will assist conservation organizations in various efforts such as sea turtle monitoring and debris clean-up, as well as explore and enjoy diverse ecosystems through snorkeling, tours and more! This year’s destinations are located in Maui, Hawai’i, Padre Ramos, Nicaragua and Juno Beach, Florida.

Don’t forget to check out LMC’s “Wave for Change” video!
You can even make your own.

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