Environmental Tips

Water consumption

Less than 1% of the earth's water supply is fresh, drinkable water accessible to humans. Much of the distribution of our suppies is uneven and leaving entire populations thirsty.

The cost of just one case of bottled water could supply a person in Africa with clean, safe drinking water for the next 5 years!

Your choice matters... It will make a difference...

How will you change the world today?

Read morehttp://thewaterproject.org/bottled_water.asp#ixzz1Evf5KOrQ



• According to NASA, half of the oxygen we breathe comes from synthesis of marine plants.

• Carbon in the ocean is about 50 times greater than in the atmosphere.

• 48% of fossil fuel emissions are absorbed by our oceans, reducing the greenhouse gases that      could be part of the air we breathe.

What is Carbon Offsetting?

Each of our everyday actions consumes energy and produces carbon dioxide emissions e.g. taking holiday flights, driving our cars, heating or cooling our homes and offices. Carbon Offsets can be used to compensate for the emissions produced by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving somewhere else.

If you would like to find out how you can offset your family or business carbon footprint, please go to: http://www.carbonfootprint.com/


Choose Your Fish Wisely

By learning about the various methods by which different fish are caught, you can make informed choices to help prevent environmental damage caused by harmful methods such as bottom trawling and gill-netting.  Armed with this information, you can help in the fight against:

• depleting fish stocks by overfishing

• damage to the seabed and marine habitat

• the senseless killing of dolphins, sea lions,                                                                                    albatrosses and other seabirds and mammals, which drown when caught as by-catch

You can download a free guide to which types of fish are caught by which methods at: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/publications/-best-fish-guide


Clean Green Boating

Simple ways to reduce your boat’s impact on the environment.



If your boat is equipped with a holding tank, know where the nearest pump-out station is and use it. If one is not convenient, check into mobile services that come to your marina. If your boat has a portable toilet, be sure to empty it at a dump station. Better yet, have your crew use onshore facilities prior to departure.

Water Use in the Home

The amount of water you use at home directly affects the amount and quality of water circulating in the ecosystem.  Unnecessary heating of water adds to carbon emissions.  Here are some simple steps to take to reduce your water consumption, carbon emissions and energy bills.

•    Take shorter showers

•    Insulate your hot water tank

•    Install a low-flow shower fitting

•    Reduce the amount of water used when flushing the toilet:

☛Use the newer type with dual flush function or…

☛If you have an older-style toilet, place one or more filled bottles of water in the         tank to reduce its capacity

Swimming Pools


Plastic Bags

In the US alone, 100 million discarded plastic bags end up in the environment.  They block drains and other waterways, entangle sea birds, choke marine animals and, as they disintegrate in the ocean, work their way into the food chain.

Recycling Plastic

Most towns and cities offer a recycling service as part of their rubbish collection.  Look for the numbers in the recycling triangles on all plastic packaging.  All plastics numbered from 1 to 7 are supposedly recyclable but there is only generally a market for plastics numbered 1 and 2.  Some countries, such as Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA, have recycling programmes for 3 (PVC).


Plastics Coding System in New Zealand


PET (polyethylene terphthalate)

beverage containers, boil-in food pouches, some shampoo and detergent bottles.

HDPE (high density polyethylene)

milk bottles,cream bottles, detergent bottles, oil bottles, toys, supermarket bags.


PVC (polyvinyl chloride)

food wrap, vegetable oil bottles, blister packaging.

LDPE (low density polyethylene)

shrink-wrap, bread bags, garment bags.

PP (polypropylene)

margarine and yoghurt containers, caps for containers, wrapping to replace cellophane, bread bag tags.

PS (polystyrene)

egg cartons, fast food trays, disposable plastic cutlery.


Other multi-resin containers.

Did you know?

Commonly known as the "Unicorn of the Sea", the Narwhal is a fascinating and unique resident of the Arctic waters around Canada and Greenland.

The Narwhal's unique appearance is due to a huge tusk, a second tooth, that grows out of the animal's top jaw. Reaching lengths of 2.5 meters and weighing up to 10 Kilograms, this 'unicorn' has no formal use and has never been seen as a fighting tools in males.

Perfectly adapted for life in the Arctic, Narwhals use echolocation to map our holes in the ice so they can reach the surface for a breath. Staying close to loose pack ice, Narwhals must be very precise in order to find enough breathing holes to survive.

Narwhals are still hunted by the Inuit people of Canada for their tusks and meat, and are especially vulnerable to the impacts of Climate Change on the Arctic environment.

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