1 Promise How You Can Save The Ocean Too Share Article: In celebration of World Ocean Day, we’re taking a look at how we can work together to reduce our impact on one of our planet’s most precious resources. 1. Ditch the disposable Do your best to use reusable bags, beverage cups and food containers. Find ways to replace disposable plastic products with more eco-friendly options. Take it one step further, using products that have been recycled from something else: glasses made from wine bottles, for example! 2. Skip the straw Millions of plastic straws pollute our ocean, choking endangered animals like sea turtles. According to Ocean Conservancy, the average American dines out four times a week and almost everyone is served a straw. Ask your waiter or waitress to skip the straw, and help keep millions of plastic straws out of the ocean and landfills. 3. Make sustainable seafood choices Photo by: Andrew Sullivan Photography Fish populations are being depleted due to high demand, loss of habitat and unsustainable fishing practices. Opt for healthy and sustainable seafood options when dining out. At 1 Hotels South Beach we launched PREY, a pop-up sustainable sushi restaurant conceived by chef Bun Lai, as a way to draw attention to more creative, eco-friendly fare. (PREY is no longer at 1 Hotel South Beach) 4. Help take care of the beach When you’re enjoying the sandy beaches and salty waves, always clean up after yourself. Respect the marine environment by disposing of any trash or debris. Also, avoid interfering with the wildlife; moving shells, coral and rocks is disruptive to the marine eco-system. 5. Power down Using fossil fuels adds carbon dioxide gas into the air, which creates the greenhouse effect that traps the sun’s heat. More heat means warmer oceans, which negatively impacts marine life. Powering down, walking or biking, and using energy efficient light bulbs are three ways to easily reduce your carbon footprint. How do you pledge to reduce your impact? Tweet us at @1Hotelswith hashtag #1Hotels. Share Article: Other Articles You May Enjoy Intentional Gift Giving The holiday season is a perfect time of year to share gifts that both reflect your values and inspire others to go green. Here are some ideas on how to shop sustainably and ethically for gifts, and how you could encourage sustainable behavior of friends and family... View Story Tagged as 1 Promise Giving Back & Doing Good this Holiday Season (and Every Day) Doing all the good we can is part of our company culture, and this holiday season we wanted to share some of the small ways we've been giving back. View Story Tagged as 1 Promise Our People We did some good and had some fun We held a Howloween Yappy Hour benefitting our friends at The Sato Project View Story Tagged as 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Daylife To minimize the use of plastic in your own life, look around your home and work to identify plastic items. From there, seek to find alternatives.