World Oceans Day 8 June: how to make a difference
World Oceans Day takes place on 8 June and as part of our ongoing Project Ocean initiative, we're sharing ways that you can make a difference to help protect and conserve the world's oceans.
Now in its seventh year, Project Ocean is part of a long-term partnership between Selfridges and The Zoological Society of London that aims to help protect our oceans through initiatives such as removing all single-use plastic water bottles from our Foodhalls and restaurants (amounting to approximately 400,000 bottles a year), removing all beauty products containing plastic microbeads from our stores and banning all plastic carrier bags.
What can you do to help? Here are some easy ways we can all help to protect our oceans:
Avoid single-use plastics
Soon there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, so it’s time we all reduced our use of single-use plastics. Support the #OneLess campaign and drink from reusable water bottles to make our communities and cities plastic water bottle free.
Avoid beauty products with microbeads
If you've used an exfoliating facial scrub recently, you may have unknowingly smothered tiny bits of plastic (or microbeads) over your face. That's bad news for us and our oceans (microbeads bypass water filters and travel into the sea where they're eaten by fish). Fortunately, there are a great range of eco-friendly alternatives available, including exfoliators made with natural ingredients such as apricot kernels, seeds or minerals, as well as products which use microbeads made of jojoba wax and other materials that are not harmful to the ocean or wildlife.
Say no to eating endangered fish
If we carry on eating fish in the way we currently do, by 2050 there will be no more fish in the sea. That’s why we never serve endangered fish at Selfridges. Find out which fish you should take off your menu at the Good Fish Guide website.
Find out more about the history of Project Ocean below: