This June the 15th, we can return oficially to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. Also in June the turtles return to our beaches. This June the 16th we celebrate World Turtle Day. And in this post we will talk specifically about sea turtles, these cute creatures that have swam in the oceans for more than 150 million years.
Actions to Save Sea Turtles.
Together we can avoid the extinction of the turtles and everything starts from your home:
- Reduce. Every plastic you don’t buy is one less piece in the ocean. If you stop buying plastics, you will send a signal to companies around the world to reduce their plastic packaging.
- Avoid single-use plastics. Use a cloth bag for your purchases and opt for reusable paper or steel straws. Watch out for hidden plastics like tea bags, chewing gum, wipes, and “paper” takeaway coffee cups. The latter are usually lined with plastic.
- Avoid microplastics. Plastic pieces of less than 5 mm in length are called microplastics. They have found them everywhere: from the deepest part of the Mariana Trench to the interior of animals and humans. We still don’t know how harmful microplastics are to humans or animals. They can be made of toxic materials or work as vectors that accumulate and spread toxins, bacteria, and viruses. Do yourself and the ocean a favor and buy products like toothpaste, shampoo, makeup, and conditioners without microplastics.
- Recycle. Although plastic can cause damage, it is still a valuable resource. Since it is not biodegradable, sort your trash and send your recyclable plastics to give them a new life. In this way it will be reused and its production will be further discouraged.
Thank you! (¡Gracias!)
- Lipponen, Matilda, “Cómo Puedes Ayudar a Proteger a las Tortugas Marinas”, March the 26th, 2019. Consulted on June the 16th, 2020 at Projects Abroad.
- Van der Vliet, Anna, “Look for the Zero, is your best bet”, October the 4th, 2018. Consulted on June the 16th, 2020 at Beat the Micro Bead
- Weintraub, Karen, “Sí Ingerir unos Fragmentos de Plástico Puede Matar a las Tortugas Marinas” September the 19th, 2018. Consulted on June the 16th, 2020 at NY Times.
- “Biological, Cultural and Economic Significance” Report. Consulted on June the 16th, 2020 at Panda Org.