World Ocean Day is a a wonderful celebration of our mighty oceans and a prudent reminder of just how much exactly they give to us.
It is equally critical that the creatures that call our oceans home are protected.
The earth, its ecosystems and its creatures are all deeply connected.
A mind boggling number of creatures great and small call them home (there are 228,450 known species in the ocean ranging from seaweed to the blue whale and at least 2 million more that remain a mystery); from the Zooplankton, or Microzooplankton, the smallest marine creature in the ocean ranging in size from 0.002cm - 0.02cm, to the herculean blue whale, the largest ever recorded coming in at an extraordinary 33 meters.
At Töastie we are proud ambassadors for our beautiful planet and of the impact our sustainable initiatives have on our ocean health.
- In 2022 we eliminated virgin plastics from our poly bags, these are now made from 100% recycled plastics and are 100% recyclable.
- It's estimated that 300 million plastic shopping bags end up in our oceans every year, having been used for an average of only 12 minutes per bag. This affects hundreds of species, poisoning marine life and damaging ecosystems.
Our hard-wearing canvas bags offer the ideal alternative, crafted from 100% organic cotton durable canvas, will last indefinitely. Extremely roomy and endlessly versatile, they can be used for the supermarket shop, baby day bags or trips to beach.
- A large number of our collections are crafted from beautifully soft and extremely durable polyester made from recycled plastics including our certified carbon neutral range of neon bright U.V Protector Swimwear. Below demonstrates the process that prevents discarded bottles from entering our oceans, instead transforming them into something that will allow your Tiny Explorer to discover the wonders that our planet holds.
1. Stop buying bottle water. By making the switch to reusable bottles, you can save 1460 plastic bottles from entering the ocean. Get your whole family on board and that's thousands of bottles that you are saying no to.
3. Say NO to plastic straws. You can save 584 straws from clogging up our oceans by making this switch.
4. Recycle everything! Check out Terracycle for ways to recycle absolutely everything you use. On busy days I often resort to Ella's Kitchen food pouches for my baby girl and you can even find drop-off locations across the UK specifically for baby food pouches.
5. Shop seasonal and local. Most larger towns in the UK have food markets which are a wonderful way to buy affordable, fresh and delicious fruit and vegetables for your family. Or check out this Farm Shop directory for a list of registered farm shops in your area. You will be amazed by how different fruit and veg can taste that hasn't been wrapped in plastic and travelled for miles.