What you can do

Support the Sustainable Seas Foundation !

The Baltic Sea is a complex problem which requires us to look for solutions on several different levels, both international, national and individually.

There is a lot you can do as an individual or a company but we must even get a stronger grasp on a more comprehensive level. This is where the Sustainable Seas Foundation plays an important role and you can help us by supporting us economically.

The foundation accepts support both from private persons and companies.

Click on the buttons to the right to receive more information about how you can support the Sustainable Seas Foundation.

Generally speaking, everything we don’t take care of in the right way ends up eventually in the sea. Soap you shower with; scouring water from floor cleaning; medicines; carbon dioxide from your car; fibres from your clothes when you wash them; discharges from food production and trash that we deliberately or not throw out into nature; all this and more end up finally in the sea.

Whatever you do to decrease your burden on the environment has a direct significance.

Here are a few thoughts that can help you live a little more “Baltic friendly”.

1. PLASTICS

  • Never throw plastic in the environment. Plastic is broken down into microscopic particles (microplastic) which eventually is carried through water to the sea. This microplastic is then eaten by animal plankton which in turn is eaten by fish and birds. Then it has become a part of the natural cycle with consequences that are difficult to foresee.
  • Do you want to make an extra effort? Take a trash bag with you out into the archipelago and pick up the trash that is already there.
  • Leave your worn out plastic boat to the scrapyard.

2. YOUR BOAT

  • Don’t paint the hull of your boat with antifouling paint. Wash or brush the bottom or use other methods.
  • If you use antifouling, make sure that it is approved for the Baltic Sea.
  • Pick up and take care of paint that has been scraped off the hull of your boat and leave it at a recycling centre
  • Remember to protect yourself from bottom paint.

3. TOILET

  • Use the new toilet emptying stations at sea.
  • If you have a holiday cottage, make sure that sewer drainage does not go directly out into the natural environment.

4. FOOD

  • Choose MSC labelled fish.
  • Decrease your consumption of meat.
  • Never throw away food that can be eaten.
  • Whenever possible, choose ecological food.

5. CHEMICALS AND MEDICINES

  • Choose eco-labelled products.
  • Take a closer look at all the chemicals you use. Are they all really necessary?
  • Return unused medicines to the pharmacy.
  • Never flush chemicals down the toilet. Leave them at a recycling station.

6. CLOTHES

  • Buy eco-labelled clothing. If you can’t find them at your store, ask about them. Then they might understand that there is a demand for eco-labelling.
  • Avoid synthetic material which can release microplast when washed.
  • Do not use water softener
  • Do not choose workout clothes marked “anti-odour”, “antimicrobial” or similar designations.

7. BODY CARE

  • Buy eco-labelled products.
  • Lubricate your skin with sunscreen after bathing, not just before. UV-protecting creams have a negative effect on aquatic life. Sunbathe moderately and use clothing primarily as sun protection.
  • Avoid skin care products which contain microplast.

8. TECHNIQUE

  • Invest in solar cells on your boat.
  • Use propylene glycol, which is environmentally friendlier than ethanol glycol when conserving your motor.
  • Exchange your old 2-cycle engine with a modern, more environmentally friendly motor.
  • Choose a motor oil that has so little environmental impact as possible if you do have a 2-cycle engine.

9.  Learn more and get involved!