Saving our oceans can seem like an impossible task when our lives are filled with plastic, however every little bit counts! To get you started here is a list of sustainable changes you can make today that won’t have you spending any money!



  1. Memories over stuff – Do you remember every present you got last year? Maybe you could if you thought really hard about it… What about the last holiday you went on or camping trip? I’m sure they spring easily to mind.  Creating experiences are more memorable and will last a lifetime compared to material stuff you’ll eventually forget about and throw into the donation bin.
  2. Bring your own lunch to work – Tried of the same old limp salad from the work cafeteria? Create your own delicious lunch at home to bring into work with you in a reusable container.
  3. Use a reusable water bottle – The ocean is filled with plastic water bottles and it definitely doesn’t need any more! Do your part and carry a reusable water bottle with you. Not only does this save you money but also keeps you hydrated and looking fresh.
  4. Use up what you have before buying new stuff – This can be tough when you have your eye on buying something new, but please use up what you have left so it don’t go to waste.
  5. Go paperless – How many of those mailed bank statements do you actually read? I’m guessing more than a couple have gone straight into the bin unopened. It only takes 5 minutes to change your mail preferences to be received online, and you save a bunch of trees in the process. With what paper you do have, reuse it to write your shopping lists or love notes.



  1. Minimise your cleaning supplies – Stop wasting money on expensive cleaning products when you can use ingredients straight out of your pantry. All you need is bicarb, vinegar and some elbow grease.
  2. Simplify your beauty routine – How many of those beauty products jammed into your cabinet do you actually use? Do a spring clean and eliminate all those unnecessary products to simplify your routine.
  3. Recycle – Do you know what can and can’t be recycled? Contact your local recycling center on the specifics and add a recycling bin to your home.
  4. Bring your own cutlery – Disposable cutlery is another offender littering our seas. Stash a knife and fork in your bag, you never know when you might want to grab a bite to eat when you are out and about.
  5. Reusable bags – A reusable carry bag always comes in handy and saves a turtle from munching on what he thinks is a jellyfish. You don’t even need to buy one just reuse a plastic bag you have sitting at home.



  1. Borrow instead of buying – Instead of buying a dress you’ll only wear once to an event, borrow one from a friend. Same goes for once off tools or books, check out lending libraries or your local book store.
  2. Walk or cycle – See more of the sights by walking, cycling, carpooling or taking public transport to reduce your carbon footprint.
  3. Donate – Another spring cleaning activity! Gather up everything which has been collecting dust and give them new life by donating them to a charity.
  4. Save electricity – A simple but an effective way to decrease your carbon footprint and your electricity bill is to turn off appliances and lights when you leave a room.



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