As Valentine’s Day is approaching, we wanted to give some extra love and attention to something very important on our planet – the ocean! Not too long ago, our founders were inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet. They thought, ‘Enough is enough!’ and started the Modern Milkman to help tackle the plastic problem. So, you could say the ocean holds a special place in our heart. And the ocean is very special – it’s big, blue, and covers about 70% of the earth’s surface. How amazing is that? And with five world oceans, there’s lots to still explore.
Unfortunately, the ocean isn’t feeling all the love, as tonnes of plastic waste is seeping into the waters and affecting the plants and wildlife. It’s even estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.
But we can do something about it! And this is where you come in.
Shower Your Oceans with Love
So, how do we show the ocean we care?
All over the world, conservationists are working hard to end the plastic crisis and protect our oceans. Organisations like Surfers Against Sewage and The Marine Conservation Society host beach cleans and bring awareness to the plastic pollution problem.
But you can show your love of the ocean right at home – all by reducing your own plastic waste! This way, no sneaky wrappers or plastic bottles can find their way into the ocean.
In 2021 alone, the Modern Milkman saved 19,272,763 plastic bottles from entering landfills and our oceans. This is about the weight of two huge blue whales!
And that’s just the beginning. With your help, we’re able to save even more plastic from harming our planet and its ecosystems.
We’ve put together some of the most common items found in your home that can end up in the ocean. These could be:
- – Crisp packets
- – Plastic straws
- – Toothbrushes
- – Bottles and bottle caps
- – …and tons more!
If we don’t do something to help, our oceans will end up looking a little like this.
Do you have any of these items in your home? Can you think of ways to swap them with a plastic free option? For non-plastic waste, try and come up with the most sustainable way of disposing of it, such as recycling (always check the label and your local council rules first), or upcycling it into something creative and artistic.
Once you’ve had a look around your home, print off the activity sheet below and have your little ones colour it in and circle the items that shouldn’t be in the ocean. We’d love to see the finished masterpiece, so don’t forget to take a picture of the completed activity and tag @ModernMilkman_ on Instagram to show us!
Teach your little ones to become eco warriors
We’ve got LOADS of fun eco-friendly activities for your kids to enjoy: