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Happy International Ocean Clean Up Day peeps!

Costa launched its Kick Plastic campaign earlier this year to educate its customers about the growing ocean trash issue, and encourage them to kick the plastic habit. The brand commissioned a nine-foot tall, seven-foot long jumping marlin sculpture (as pictured above) created entirely out of beach trash to serve as a stark reminder of the problem we need urgently to solve.

If you want to help out today and take part in an organized clean-up, you can check out the Ocean Conservancy’s website, as they have put together a huge worldwide database on the cleanups organized around the world! 

Remember, single use of plastics is fatal to our environment and wildlife. It is easy for you to make easy changes in your daily life to reduce your use of plastics. Try to bring reusable bags to the store for your groceries and vegetables or use a sturdy water bottle, recycle, avoid products that contain microbeads, and do not organize or encourage events with balloon releases!

And don’t forget it doesn’t have to be the one and only day of the year you can clean up your local beaches. I often pick up trash here and there on my way to the beach whenever I can. It’s the little changes that everybody does that, when added up, result in a significant progress towards a cleaner environment!

Fourth of July weekend represents one of the busiest weekends for our nation’s coastlines – and as you work to find the perfect perch on the beach this weekend, don’t forget the animals who call those beaches home! 

Amidst all the holiday fun, it can be easy to forget to pick up those plastic soda bottles, lighters, food wrappers and straws you brought with you to the beach. The trash and debris we leave behind can easily make it into our ocean – and into the lives of the marine wildlife that calls it home. Trash is a major threat to ocean life and ecosystems, so doing your part to pick up after yourself on the beach can have a profound, positive impact on the lives of animals like this Laysan albatross and chick inspecting a pile of disposable cigarette lighters picked up during a single beach cleanup event in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. 

This weekend, save some plastic and save a life! Opt to bring re-usable containers and pick up your trash as you leave the beach. 

(Photo: David Slater/NOAA)

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Pollution Sucks Tee by BLACKMAGIKA

This logo was designed in 1989 by a family member in protest of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that happened in March of that year in Prince William Sound Alaska, just east of Anchorage. That spill destroyed ocean habitat in Alaska and has affected BC and the whole pacific coast. We have decided to reprint it using the last known original and have added the printing on the back.

All profits from the sales of this shirt are going to be donated to small shore clean ups on Vancouver Island and if it does well I’m planning to donate to shore clean up efforts in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California.

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Beach clean up at Milnerton lagoon, a conservation area, with Kayla and my sister. In just under two hours us three managed to collect eight bags of litter. We also came across a dead African penguin (an endangered animal) caught in fishing net. The state of the beach and conservation area is disgusting, even with picking up eight bags of rubbish the beach looks exactly the same as when we arrived, still covered in litter and nets

please do not litter

Big Lessons From Finding Dory

So I saw Finding Dory tonight and let me just highlight a few things that are very important that were shown in the movie but may have gone over other’s heads (none of these are spoilers, really but im tagging them anyways):

1. Not all marine life institutions are like SeaWorld. This film demonstrates there are a lot of really helpful marine life institutions out there who are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. It takes place in California and although they never directly call it the Monterey Bay Aquarium you can tell that is what it is based off of. Many aquariums like the one in Monterey and a local aquarium by me are completely dedicated to the rehabilitation of marine life/mammals and yes, they tag some animals, but it is just to track their migration patterns and conduct research. SeaWorld has given such a bad name to other marine life centers out there and to be honest, these centers are the kind of organizations we need to preserve our marine life. Most operate on a vast network of volunteers and they could really use your donations–especially when it is apparent that our government does not care about our waters to make any laws protecting it.

2. PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE FINAL SCENE. (The one where Dory says the view before her is “unforgettable”). If you’ve seen the movie, you might have noticed something….well missing. In fact, a lot was missing. Much of the coral reef in this scene as they pan out has become discolored and is dead. Pixar clearly wanted to draw your eye to this scene. Our coral reefs are dramatically dying and if we don’t stop to care for them now, they can be gone easily in a lifetime–as little as 15 years. Those beautiful views will become forgettable if we do not do something about them now. Back when Finding Nemo came out 12 years ago, scientists were just starting to notice the dramatic changes in iur coral reefs. Now if you see recent pictures of the Sydney Harbor, the same one featured in FN, most of those beautiful colorful corl reefs are dead and gone. Although Finding Dory is supposed to take place one year after Finding Nemo, Pixar was really trying to bring that important message out.

So please, keep in mind as you spend money towards a movie ticket, maybe next time use that money and donate to ocean conservation funds. We really do only get one world, and she takes care of us so we should take care of her.

sciencealert.com
These graphene-based nanobots can suck pollutants from our oceans in under an hour
Watch your back, heavy metals.
By David Nield

Swarms of graphene-coated nanobots could be our best hope yet of cleaning up the murky oceans, with scientists demonstrating that new microscopic underwater warriors can remove up to 95 percent of lead in wastewater in just 1 hour.

The invention couldn’t have come at a better time, with ocean pollution at an all-time high, much of it stemming from industrial activities such as electronics manufacturing. By 2050, it’s estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, and waste metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and chromium are affecting the delicate ecological balance that will make things very difficult for any animal that relies on it for food - including humans - in the near future.

Developed by an international team of researchers, the newly developed nanobots have three key components: a graphene oxide exterior to absorb lead (or another heavy metal); a nickel core that enables researchers to control the nanobots’ movement via a magnetic field; and an inner platinum coating that functions as an engine and propels the bots forward via a chemical reaction with hydrogen peroxide.

It’s Bat Appreciation Day! And while flying bats play an important ecological role on land, bat stars like this one found in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary also provide important ecological services in the ocean, cleaning up dead organisms and algae. 

(Photo: Claire Fackler/NOAA) 

The world’s first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month.

The green cleaning brand Ecover will use the launch of its new Ocean Bottle washing-up liquid to highlight the long-term dangers of dumping plastic in the sea, which is killing fish on a large scale and threatening global ecosystems.

Ecover, a Belgian company, has been working with manufacturer Logoplaste to combine plastic trawled from the sea with a plastic made from sugarcane (which it calls Plant-astic) and recycled plastic, in what it is hailing as a world-first for packaging.

More: Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas | Environment | The Guardian

Last week, we were lucky to have @jkissamakeup come and live the Lush life with us in Baja, Mexico! All of the sales of our Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion (everything but the tax!) goes to support small, grassroots charities, including @redtravelmx, who work to promote sea turtle conservation.

#regram from @jkissamakeup: “My life has forever been changed by this lotion. When @lushcosmetics invited me to volunteer with one of their Charity Pot partners I was so honored. The people I met, the laughs we shared despite not speaking the same language and the love they have for making the world a better place is something I’ll never forget. RED Sustainable Travel was the charity we spent a week with rehabilitating turtles, learning about the ocean and cleaning up the beach. We also got the chance to work with Raiz De Fondo at a high school to divert rain water and maintain community gardens in La Paz. That week was truly life changing. I encourage you guys to research more about Charity Pot and the charities they partner with. I have never seen such a beautiful company do such beautiful work for others. A vlog of the trip will be up soon. I hope to share a glimpse of the hearts that touched my own, human or turtle.”

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Sail Swag™ is a sailing-themed fashion accessories and lifestyle brand that was inspired by the love of the open water and a passion for sailing. 

Designed in Canada and made using authentic sailing materials that can be found on a yacht or a sailboat. Whether you are a passionate sailor, a curious explorer or just someone who enjoys long walks along the shore, there is something that will likely fit your personal style.  

Use code ‘CITYRULERS’ for 10% off! 

One percent of SailSwag’s profits are donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a charitable initiative that develops technologies to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution in our oceans. Using research and innovation, they have initiated the largest oceanic clean up in history

Capricorn and Nature

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Capricorn has a very interesting relationship with nature. Like the earth signs they have a lot of associations with nature. While Taurus lives beside nature and keeps her secrets, Virgo utilizes nature, Capricorn actually protects it. This is ironic considering Capricorn is associated with industrialization, business, Darwinism, and the death of things. But because of this many Capricorns understand how bad things can turn out for nature also Capricorn understands that when you cut down the forest no more paper and medicine can be made. Capricorn is supportive of reserves and national parks and might be in the forefront of fighting for rainforest conservation and ocean clean ups. Capricorn can be protective of a camping site they frequently visit and is one to scold a litterer. It is very possible for a Capricorn to forget about their earth roots and can not care about the earth at all and is all about making a profit for the here and now.