What is World Oceans Day?
June 8th is World Oceans Day, an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the world in connection with the oceans. On this day each year, hundreds of special events around the world celebrate the oceans. From beach cleanups to fundraisers, in all corners of the globe, this is a day to come together with acts of love big and small in support of our oceans.
Why are the oceans essential to our lives?
The oceans are the “blue lung” of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. More than half the oxygen produced on Earth comes from the phytoplankton that lives in water. Yet this ecosystem is as vulnerable as it is essential. Today, it is threatened by plastic pollution of the oceans, climate change and major environmental disruption. It is increasingly important to raise awareness of the challenges posed by such plastic pollution and to bring people together to help to protect our blue lung.
What does it mean to be a “Water Lover”?
Water is at the heart of Biotherm’s DNA. It’s also at the heart of its products, and particularly its flagship ingredient, Life Plankton™. The mission of the Water Lovers program is to inspire positive change in the beauty industry by developing innovative processes for the conservation of the world’s oceans, which provide more than 50% of the oxygen produced on Earth. As a first step, the brand wanted to embrace change itself, by making a commitment to have zero negative impact on water resources by 2025.
How is Biotherm acting to protect the oceans?
By using biosciences to produce natural ingredients that are both safe and renewable. One of its leading probiotic ingredients, Life Plankton™, for example, was extracted only once from thermal springs in the Pyrenees before being replicated in a laboratory in a 100% sustainable way. Thanks to the support of scientists, the brand is able to minimize the impact of its formulas on the environment. To continue to soften that impact, Biotherm uses recycled materials as often as possible, and at every stage of the life cycles of its products, from packaging to their distribution to points of sale. This year, 100% of the PET plastic used in its products will be from recycled sources. And that’s just the start.
How can you take action?
While June 8th may be devoted to the oceans, there are actions you can take every day to protect our blue lungs.
Reduce your carbon footprint.
Eliminate plastic from your life and use products committed to ocean preservation such as Waterlovers Sun Milk. This innovative range just received the Nordic Swan ecolabel that certifies a product’s impact across its entire life cycle and guarantees that it meets very strict environmental and chemical standards. With a base formula that is 97% biodegradable, along with bottles that are made from 100% recycled plastic and are themselves fully recyclable, these sunscreen products are designed to minimize their impact on water resources and aquatic life.
Join an ocean clean-up.
Biotherm supports Surfrider Foundation Europe, an NGO whose aim is “the protection and showcasing of oceans, coastlines, waves, lakes, rivers and all the populations who benefit from them.” This year, the program will support 1,100 litter collections by volunteers around the world. Find a clean-up near you and join other Water Lovers to actively help to preserve the oceans. Every little bit counts.
Support the Tara Ocean Foundation
Water Lovers also supports the Tara Ocean Foundation, a scientific NGO that studies the marine ecosystem and the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans. Its research is helping to better understand the impact of product formulas on water, so that their effects can be minimized. The foundation’s boat plies the world’s oceans to collect the data needed for its research.
Join Mission Blue to protect Hope Spots
Mission Blue, an NGO founded by marine biologist Sylvia Earle, is on a mission to combat the overfishing and pollution of the oceans. The organization works to protect ‘Hope Spots’ – marine areas that are essential for having a healthy ocean. Biotherm has helped to create seven such Hope Spots since their collaboration began, representing 17 million square kilometers of sea that are now protected zones due to their biodiversity and marine ecosystems.
Happy World Oceans Day from Biotherm to Water Lovers like you all over the