(Written May 2020)
So we’re into week whatever of lockdown, and we can’t wait to get back into the ocean when it’s safe to do so. However, a positive thing that has come out of this global tragedy, is the bounce back of nature. The oceans have quietened, the air is cleaner and wildlife is thriving. This made us think, how can we minimise my environmental impact when we get back to surfing? Here’s a few things we’ll be doing:
- Spend more time exploring local breaks and the UK. With international travel postponed for the foreseeable future, what better time to stay closer to home?
- Fixing gear. One of the easiest ways to reduce our environmental impact is to stop buying stuff, so we’ll be making sure to fix any holes in wetsuits and clothes, and maintaining equipment well.
- Buying organic natural surf wax and suncream. Traditional surf wax and suncream contain toxins that damage delicate marine life, so we’ll be buying natural products from now on – and maybe having a go at making our own organic surf wax (recipe to follow).
- Supporting eco surf brands. If we do need to buy something, or want a lovely present to give to a fellow surfing friend, we’ll be supporting UK businesses making eco and recycled surf products. From wooden surfboards, to recycled ocean plastic bikinis and reclaimed sea glass jewellery, there’s so much to choose from.
- Reducing plastic waste! A big one on surf trips, we’ll be packing homemade cereal bars – check out some recipes from the lovely ‘What the Gut’ https://www.instagram.com/whatthe_gut/?hl=en. Bags of nuts, dark chocolate and dried fruit are also all good things to have on hand for when emergency fuel is needed!
- Think about fish. Fish and chips is often tempting after a long surf, however we’ll be making sure to ask about sustainability. The Marine Stewardship Council (www.msc.org) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (https://www.asc-aqua.org/) both have great guides on choosing fish and shellfish. Even better still, we’ll be choosing local mussels, oysters and seaweed – all of which benefit the ocean as they grow.
- And finally, we’ll be organising and attending more beach cleans! Together with Surfers Against Sewage, Seaweed Surf Shack will be holding beach cleans alongside many events to come. However, whilst we’re still on lockdown, we’ll be doing our own solo cleans on daily exercise walks.