5 ocean friendly New Year's Eve resolutions you can keep


How many of us have made a New Year’s resolution to… lose 10kg… or to finally quit sugar… or to exercise more… only to feel like we’ve failed before we’ve even made it to February? That’s never a fun way to start a new year. This year, why not make some eco-friendly resolutions that will help the environment and might actually stick? Tick, tick!

Read on for our 5 top ocean-friendly new years resolutions that you’ll feel good about sticking to in 2020…

1. Use reef-friendly sunscreen

In general, Australians (and our friends across the ditch) are very aware of the importance of sun safety. We have to be more vigilant than most, due to the depletion of the ozone layer above us! We’ve all heard of the 5 S’s and I’m hoping we all try to keep them as part of our sun safety routine – SLIP on a t-shirt, SLOP on some 50+ SPF, SLAP on a broad brimmed hat, SLIDE on some UV blocking-quality sunglasses, SHADE from the sun whenever possible. How about ensuring you’re using a reef-friendly SPF when you SLOP it on? If you’re needing a little reminder as to how to check if your sunscreen of choice is reef-safe, you can check out our earlier post about it – How to Choose Reef Safe Sunscreen

2. Plog!

A great way to keep fit and to help the environment at the same time! Plogging began in Sweden in 2016 and has since gained worldwide popularity. The hashtag on Instagram, #plogging is full of inspiration, with photos of keen ploggers doing their bit for the environment. Plogging is a combination of jogging (or walking) and picking up litter. It does add a certain ‘work out’ element to an otherwise simple jog, with the addition of bending, squatting, stretching and reaching, all in the name of being environmentally conscious. Take a little bag along with you and get plogging!  In 2020 commit to Plogging at least once a month/fortnight/week to keep yourself accountable and give yourself a real sense of achievement.

3. Avoid single-use plastic

Whilst single-use plastic is so convenient, it’s also so damaging to our environment. How often do you think about all those straws, disposable coffee cups, water bottles and plastic cutlery that gets thrown out each day? Where does it end up? By not using single-use plastic and planning ahead, you can contribute to its elimination from our oceans and landfill… the environment will thank you for it! For your morning coffee? Bring a keep cup that you can use over and over again! Are you a straw lover? Purchase a metal straw (or just stop using them). Trying to keep your hydration up? Grab a reusable water bottle and keep refilling it.  If you’ve already converted to reusable options for these easy to replace items 2020 is the time to tick off those harder to avoid plastics.  Try taking your own containers to the butcher or deli, lining your bin in paper or composting which will dramatically reduce your wet waste.  You CAN do it!  It just take a bit of planning and commitment.

4. Walk, run, cycle or catch public transport!

It’s no secret that car pollutants have a terrible environmental effect on air, soil, water and human health, so if the option is there to walk, run, cycle or catch public transport, take it! Air pollution is responsible for almost one-third of the toxic contaminants and nutrients that enter coastal areas and oceans.

Not only is it a great alternate transport options and not only are they better for the environment, you’ll also notice yourself getting fitter from all the incidental exercise… what a win! Another good way to lessen your pollution footprint is to carpool with friends, which is always more fun!

5. Environmentally conscious surf products

Being mindful of the products we are consuming and buying is the first step we can take in being more sustainable. There are some awesome companies who are looking at more environmentally friendly solutions for all the gear we use in the oceans! If you’re in the market for a new board and fins, we’ve found this awesome company who is making fins out of recycled ocean waste – https://five-oceans.co/ecofin/ and another company who is sending out kits to make your own hollow wood surfboard­ https://surfinggreen.com.au/collections/boards How awesome is that!!

Brands like Patagonia and Vissla are great for providing options that are environmentally conscious and use natural materials. These days you can find natural and recycled options for surf wax, leaches and board bags. Keep your eyes out, have a quick google and start chatting with people and you’re sure to find a whole list of locally made, environmentally conscious products for the ocean!

Thank you all for joining us for another great year of Ocean-loving both online and at our screenings! Looking forward to spending 2020 with you and making good on these eco-friendly New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy New Year from all of us at Adventure Reels!