5 Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Day-to-Day
Even though we may not be in close proximity to many wild animals, our day-to-day choices can still effect them. Here are 5 easy things you can do to make a difference every day, supporting a more sustainable future for our planet and it's wild inhabitants.
1. Registered palm oil
Palm oil can get a bad wrap, but it's fine to use if it comes from a registered traceable source. Palm oil that is not from a traceable registered source may be contributing to deforestation and the killing of wildlife.
You can download this handy app by Palm Oil Investigations that will tell you if the product you're about to purchase uses traceable palm oil.
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2. Water bottles
Using plastic water bottles has huge environmental consequences. Plastic bottle tops are currently not recyclable, and as with plastic bags they often end up at the bottom of the ocean, and in the stomachs of a variety of animal species that mistake them for food. It's also harder to recycle plastic bottles than you think. This article is a worthy read. Switch to a re-usable metal bottle like these from Earth Bottles. They look great too!
3. Harsh chemicals
Household cleaners can contain a lot of nasty chemicals, so it's great to choose brands that put the environment first. Ecostore use sustainably-sourced plant and mineral based ingredients over petrochemical ones whenever possible and every one of their ingredients is assessed for: Sustainability, Biodegradability, Safety ratings for the environment, Environmental testing to make sure that the products are suitable for septic tanks and greywater systems.
4. Sustainable food choices
Canned tuna is a popular food choice, but it's important to know which brand to buy, many claim sustainability, but few deliver. The three main species used in canned tuna are:
Skipjack: Small species, healthy populations. However when caught using the purse seine method, many other species suffer; turtles, sharks and smaller tuna can be killed as result of bycatch.
Albacore: Healthy populations, however fishing using the purse seine method, as mentioned above, results in large amounts of bycatch.
Yellowfin: A large species that is listed as 'Near Threatened' by the IUCN.
So which tuna to buy?
Buying skipjack canned tuna that is pole and line caught is a great sustainable choice as you are eating a tuna from a healthy fishery that was caught in a sustainable manner. Safcol is the only brand that we have found that uses both skipjack and the pole and line method.
5. Support wildlife protection and conservation
Show your support for organisations like World Animal Protection, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Edgar's Mission. Follow them on Facebook and participate in fundraisers. Share their information and stories via social media.