Seas the Day in April – Clean your home the ocean-friendly way!

The Seas the Day initiative encourages and empowers people to take ocean conservation personally. Each month, the Seas the Day initiative features a new conservation theme with ways to help so come back regularly for more ocean-helping ideas and tips!

Created mainly to support our partner ZAMs (Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums and other visitor-serving organizations involved in our growing network) motivate conservation action, Seas the Day is for you to tailor for your own purposes. Please use any or all of the content verbatim and re-post on your own blog, social media channels, website, newsletter, etc. We have a large database of action tips and related content for you to use so let us know what’s most helpful and what other action-able types of information and resources we can provide to enhance your conservation efforts.

Seas the Day in April

Clean your home the ocean-friendly way

Last month, we discussed ways you can help our ocean by becoming a conscious commuter and we hope you’re having success in making that important shift. This month marks the three-year anniversary of the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, providing fresh impetus to follow through and help our ocean in additional ways.

Create a safer, less hazardous, home. Say “Yes!” to a healthier home and a living ocean. Make the switch to effective non-toxic and green alternatives. If you buy commercial cleaning products, avoid those labeled dangerous or poisonous, as they likely contain ingredients that can be deadly for all sorts of life. If you have any household hazardous waste, such as paint, yard chemicals, and pesticides, please dispose of them safely, ideally at proper recycling centers. (If your town doesn’t have a community hazardous waste collection or recycling program, encourage your elected officials to start one!)

Quick tip: Invest in greener, rechargeable batteries. They cost more up front, but will save you money over time, and help our ocean planet.


Make your home clean and green. April’s a great spring cleaning month, especially if you try using a few new helpers, such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice. Many typical household cleaners contain corrosive and toxic chemicals. Rinsing them down your drain doesn’t mean they go away – chemicals often end up in nearby water systems or eventually the ocean, where they can harm critters that call water their home. Find do-it-yourself recipes online and you can have a clean home while protecting the health of your family and our ocean.

Quick tip: Try washing windows using old newspaper with warm water and a little bit of vinegar. It works well and it’s recyclable!


Please let us know how you’re taking ocean conservation personally so we can share with others.

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Bill Mott

Since the late 1980s Bill Mott has focused his energy on building networks and coalitions to promote more collaborative and strategic ways to bring about a better future. Bill directs The Ocean Project, a nonprofit that advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs), and other informal science and education centers around the United States and 75 other countries. The Ocean Project is conducting the largest strategic communications research initiative ever undertaken on behalf of the environment, and this research and related information and resources provide ZAMs and the broader conservation community with strategic information and insights to aid them in becoming stronger advocates for the environment and conservation action.