Check Your Plate
Want to know if that fish on your plate is sustainable? Interested in learning about how and who harvested it? Visit FishWatch to learn about seafood choices you can feel good about.
Don’t Drip and Drive
If your vehicle is leaking, use cardboard to catch the drips until you can get them fixed. Toss the drip-stained cardboard in the trash, not your recycling bin.
Flip the Switch
Turn off lights and electronics when not in use and unplug unused electronics. When shopping for new electronics, look for the Energy Star label.
Green Your Cleaning Routine
To keep toxins out of your home and our waterways make your own household cleaners, purchase ones that are labeled nontoxic, or look for the Safer Choice label.
Keep Salmon Off Drugs
Instead of flushing old medicines down the toilet, bring them to a drug take-back program or contact your local household hazardous waste facility for guidance.
Measure Your Footprint
Pick it Up!
If you see litter on the ground, pick it up before it becomes marine debris. Be sure to scoop pet waste before rain washes harmful bacteria into nearby waterways.
Reduce Your Transportation Footprint
Walk, bike, and take public transportation whenever possible. If you must drive, try to carpool and combine multiple errands into one trip.
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, Recycle
While recycling is a key part of the Six R’s, it’s the last step in the process for a reason. To be more sustainable, we should first reduce the amount of waste we produce.
Replace Your Lawn
Replace part of your lawn with native, drought-resistant plants and avoid non-native and invasive plant species. Add compost to soil and cover topsoil with mulch to improve plant health and reduce stormwater runoff.
Waste Not, Want Not
Figure out how much food is really going to waste in your home and what you can do to shop smarter and save money on your grocery bill.
Turn Off the Tap
Turn off the tap whenever possible. Wastewater from sinks, showers, bathtubs, and clothes washers—known as greywater—can be reused for landscape irrigation.
Use Commercial Car Washes
Commercial car washes use minimal water and remove pollutants—such as motor oil, antifreeze, and brake pad dust—before their wastewater is discharged.
Want to get more involved in your community and help improve our environment? Find additional opportunities through Volunteer.gov or VolunteerMatch. To volunteer with NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, contact our education and outreach team.