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So much of an eco-conscious lifestyle isn’t just about using products with natural ingredients—it’s also about supporting the health of our natural resources. The ocean provides food, medicine, energy, transportation and recreation; most importantly, it produces the oxygen we breath and helps regulate our climate. But, overall, humans are doing a poor job of stewarding it. Join us in helping to save the ocean:

1) Skip the Straw

At the rate trash enters the ocean, it could be less than 10 years before the ocean contains a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish swimming in it. Say no to single-use plastics that contaminate and kill wildlife, starting with drinking straws. Other single-use plastics that can easily be eliminated and swapped for reusable replacements are water bottles, utensils and grocery bags.

The Earth Science Team on Coastal Cleanup Day2) Take it With You

Help decrease plastic in the environment by pledging to pick up trash whenever you see it, whether at the beach, on the sidewalk, or in a park. You can also join a community beach, stream or highway cleanup with friends, family or coworkers! Our Earth Science team spent International Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 15, cleaning up a local beach in Santa Barbara.

3) Eat Sustainably

Overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices lead to pollution, disease and destruction of coastal ecosystems. Try limiting seafood or eliminating it from your diet altogether. At the least, visit SeafoodWatch.org to learn the environmental impact of our seafood choices. Next time you visit the seafood counter, consider what species—and how much of it—you’re buying as well as its origins.

4) Watch What You Wash Down the Drain

Parabens are great for extending the shelf life of beauty products, but you won’t find them in anything we make. In fact, Earth Science has never used them since its founding 37 years ago. Research shows parabens are hormone disruptors that can penetrate our skin and remain within our tissue, but studies have found they also enter our waterways and end up in the bodies of marine life—from dolphins to sea otters to polar bears. Choose eco-friendly personal care, beauty and cleaning products, and you’ll benefit the health of yourself and the environment.

5) Support Environmental Advocacy

Consider volunteering your time or donating money to a Charity Navigator-rated organization focused on ocean health. Or, shop for good with Earth Science—this month we’re donating 1% of net sales to Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit advocacy group fighting for science-based policy change to protect the ocean. Shop our products now!