It is time to make a difference for our ocean in 2019!

Our team at the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre has created an easy New Year's resolution challenge that starts on January 1st and we invite all of you to partake. With one simple lifestyle tweak per week you will join our ranks and become a Tide Changer! The Tide Changer Challenge is focused on reducing your environmental impact and implementing a "zero-waste" approach in your day-to-day life. Let's REALLY make a difference in 2019!

Tide Changer Challenge

During the first 10 weeks of the year, we will send you a video that challenges you to make changes to your daily habits. This challenge encourages you to live more consciously with the environment and ocean in mind. Help reduce your personal footprint on the earth and our ocean!

Sign up to receive the challenges here: https://mailchi.mp/72f7d99096d7/tidechangerchallenge

Be noticed while doing it by tagging photos of your daily challenge with @nsmec and #TideChangerChallenge

Weekly Challenge:

Click on the image to be directed to  Week 1 - Tide Changer Challenge

Click on the image to be directed to Week 1 - Tide Changer Challenge

Week 1: Reduce the use of single-use cups! (challenge for the week of Jan 1 - 7)

Most single-use cups are made with a plastic polyurethane lining that makes it extremely hard for facilities to recycle. 

Single-use cups are used for about an average of 10 minutes and then get tossed in the garbage joining 136 MILLION others in Vancouver alone each year! This does not include those that end up directly in our ocean.  

Become a Tide Changer and learn from our Week 1 challenge what you can do to make a difference!

Click on the image to be directed to  Week 2 - Tide Changer Challenge

Click on the image to be directed to Week 2 - Tide Changer Challenge

Week 2: Check the labels of your clothing! (challenge for the week of Jan 7 - 13)

You may or may not know that much of our clothing is made with plastic fibres: polyester, nylon, acrylic, elastane. These materials are all made from plastic! As we wash our clothes, tiny pieces of plastic fibres, called microfibres, break off and get washed down the drain and out into the ocean.

These microfibres make up 36% of the microplastic entering the world’s ocean every year.

Become a Tide Changer and learn from our Week 2 challenge what you can do to make a difference!

Click on the image to be directed to   Week 3 - Tide Changer Challenge

Click on the image to be directed to Week 3 - Tide Changer Challenge

Week 3: Look under your sink! (challenge for the week of Jan 14 - 20)

We all need to clean our homes, but have we ever thought of the effects of cleaning chemicals on our environment?

Majority of cleaning chemicals go down the drain and end up in our OCEAN, and the bottles are often found in the garbage. We challenge you to look under the sink and check YOUR cleaning supplies.

A solution is quite simple: choose more natural cleaning substances or even buy in bulk. This is better not just for the environment, but also for your wallet!

For centuries, people used basic household items such as white vinegar and salt to clean their homes. There are also great benefits to using natural oils! Lemon, citrus, thyme, rosemary, lavender, tea tree oils, to name a few. Not only are some of these antibacterial & great natural degreasers, they also smell great.

Become a Tide Changer and learn from our Week 3 challenge what you can do to make a difference!

Week 4: Say “NO” to plastic shopping bags! (challenge for the week of Jan 21 - 27)

Challenge details will be released on January 22, 2019. Stay tuned!