Hip Hip Hooray! It's World Ocean Day!

Hip Hip Hooray! It's World Ocean Day!

What is World Ocean day? 
World Ocean day is a day where people can unite and celebrate our oceans and the major role they play in our lives. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits humans get from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to care for its resources. 

Why is the ocean so important? 
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.

Why do oceans need our help? 

Unfortunately our ocean is in dire need of our help and support. With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. Virtually all ocean habitats have been affected negatively by mining and pollution. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. 

How can you help? 

1. Skip the single use plastics 

Single use plastics have the habit of ending up in our oceans. To minimize your impact, remove unnecessary single-use plastics from your daily habits. Even eliminating straws could go a long way towards reducing ocean debris.

2. Leave nothing behind 

Though we love a trip to the beach as much as the next girl. It is always important to make sure you collect all your belongings including your rubbish! Before you leave.  Don't Litter, it leaves the world bitter!

3. Check the label - buy sustainable 

With global fish populations rapidly decreasing, try to purchase more sustainable options when it comes to seafood. Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) labels. Their blue and green fish logos on your seafood ensures your fish can be traced back to sustainably-managed fisheries and farms.

4. Reduce your carbon footprint 

Carbon Dioxide pollution is a global issue with global sized effects. Carbon Dioxide is making our oceans more acidic. This is contributing to the loss of corals on a global scale.  Simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint include, choosing to ride a bike, walk or use public transportation rather than driving a car or turning off the lights when you leave a room. 

What does the ocean mean to Baiia? 

 The ocean is extremely important to us here at Baiia. Sustainability is one of our core values here and we are always mindful of our impact on the planet . Our swimwear is even produced from a soft and durable nylon which has been constructed in Italy and made from industrial and post-consumer waste such as fishnets, carpets, plastic bottles and textiles that would otherwise pollute our beautiful land and oceans. We  hope you can take this day with us, to educate yourself on the  importance of our oceans and practice your appreciation for them. Happy World Ocean day from us to you !

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