We’re a long-standing partner of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and when we heard their call for volunteers to fight for the future of our seas and ocean, we knew we had to get involved and stand up for our seas.
Here you can find out why MCS is calling for people-powered sea protection. You’ll also discover how we’re using sales of our marine-safe sun cream to help stop an environmental concern from becoming an environmental crisis.
Why we are standing up for our seas
We’ve always fought for the future of our seas and have worked alongside the Marine Conservation Society for over a decade so when they released a new action plan for the healthy seas, we were keen to see what they had in mind.
MCS' ACTION PLAN – AT A GLANCE
Our oceans provide over 50% of our oxygen supply and absorb around a third of our carbon emissions but population and human activity have left them in poor health.
MCS' action plan aims to tackle this and is calling on businesses, schools and policy makers as one to introduce the following by 2030 so that we can have more fish in healthier seas.
- Protect 1/3 of seas to allow nature the time and space it needs to recover from plastic pollution and overfishing
- Create a drop in ocean pollution levels by tracking ocean health levels and introducing effective environmental legislations and sustainable fishing practices
Published in the wake of the first broadcast of the Netflix documentary Seaspiracy, we anticipated that our seas might be in a sorrowful state, but nothing could prepare for the shocking statistics that we read in MCS's action plan for healthier seas.
You can read the full report here, but these were just some the statistics featured in the report that spurred us to take action and support its campaign to stand up for our seas.
- The UK has lost up to 92% of its seagrass in the last century
- Some areas of our ocean now contain six times more microplastics than plankton
- Less than 1% of our seas are well managed
- Just 5% of the UK’s marine protected areas are safe from bottom trawling. MCS believes continuing to allow this to happen is equivalent to bulldozing a national park
It’s clear from MCS's report that Britain’s seas and shorelines need people-powered sea protection and by continuing to work with MCS and calling on the help of our clean beauty community, we’re hoping to provide some of the people power that they need to implement the changes outlined in the report.
What we are doing to support our seas
MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY - FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Your sun cream shopping has generated a huge volume of donations for MCS - over £150,000!
We’ve supported the conservation work of MCS with donations from the sales of our organic sunscreens for over a decade and don’t intend to stop any time soon - in fact, as of 2021 we’re making it even easier to donate to MCS whilst you shop!
Not only will MCS receive 20p each time you purchase one of our full-size scent-free sun care products, and a share of 10% of our net profits, but you’ll also have the option to donate the Green Points you earn from your shopping to this very special charity partner.
To do this, log into your Green People account and when you have earnt 100 points you can claim a £5 donation to MCS. We’ll handle everything from there and will make sure MCS receives your donation.
MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY - SOCIAL SUPPORT
We’re adding our voice to MCS’s campaign for at least 30% of UK waters to being effectively managed by 2030.
We’ll be sharing educational resources on important marine matters on our Beauty Hub blog and social media channels to spread the word and ensure that as many people as possible are informed about this important issue. Find us on Instagram.
MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY - GROUND SUPPORT
We couldn’t pitch in without getting our hands dirty! To help stop pollution entering our seas we’ll be participating in team beach cleans and continuing to support our local beach clean team – Ocean Changes.
We’re also continuously reviewing the latest guidance around sun cream ingredients and packaging to ensure that our products are as safe for the sea as they are for the skin.
Discover our marine-safe sun care collection today and take the first step to making our seas a safer place for all.
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