Here at Penguino Travel, we love penguins! Our company is named after a special penguin who has joined our family on adventures all around the world. Penguino is a Humboldt penguin, a species native to the islands off the Pacific coast of Chile. Like many other species, Humboldt penguins need our help.
Penguins all around the world are vulnerable to changes in the environment caused pollution, overfishing and global warming. When we realized penguins are at risk, we decided to learn what we could do to make a difference!Here are 8 simple things every family can do to reduce your impact on the environment and help penguins around the world.
By using less energy, you can decrease your carbon footprint. This helps limit climate change! Here are some easy places to start:
Green power comes from the sun, wind or water – renewable sources that don’t create climate change. If it’s available in your area, pick green power. Or consider installing solar panels at home!
Plastic never goes away! Most plastic does not biodegrade and remains in the environment for hundreds of years. Not only does the manufacture of plastic products contribute global warming, plastic pollution endangers penguins and other marine life. To go plastic free, just say no to plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic to-go containers, plastic takeaway cups and plastic straws!
Penguins love to eat fish and seafood – especially herring, smelt, anchovies and krill. To make sure penguins and their chicks have enough to eat, you can be smart about how you eat.
By consuming less and recycling more, we can help protect the environment for penguins.
It may be a cliché, but trees and other plants are our allies in the fight against climate change! By planting trees and picking products made from recycled or sustainable sources of wood, you can you help.
Did you know the fashion industry is not penguin – or people – friendly? The global fashion industry pollutes and contributes to climate change more than any industry other than oil. Pesticides used to grow cotton and chemicals used to make leather and fabric pollute the water. Today most clothing is made overseas and shipped to the United States on container ships. A single container ship produces as much pollution as 50 million cars! The good news is that it’s not hard to choose ethical fashion. There are more and more companies – big and small – making steps towards sustainability. Here are a few places to start:
If an oil spill happens near you, you can get involved in the clean up by raising money. Connect with organizations like International Bird Rescue that are dedicated to the rehabilitation of birds after oil spills.
Today there are new threats to clean water, protection of endangered species, and global efforts to stop climate change. It’s important to speak up to tell government leaders that you care about protecting penguins!
Here at Penguino Travel, we are committed to social and environmental responsibility in everything we do. Wherever possible we are sourcing products from companies that share our values. As we grow, our desire is to do more! A few of our brand partners who are leading the way:
As the Founder of Penguino Travel, I also plan to lead my family in making the changes on this list. We hope you will join us this Earth Day and every day in making small changes that have a big impact!