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Love The Ocean: Ambassador for Sage Larock

I am excited to announce, I am proud to be an ambassador for Sage Larock. It was an absolute honor to be asked to join Sage Larock in their mission to help create ocean awareness through sustainable fashion.  Growing up surrounded by the ocean has instilled in me a great love and respect for our oceans.  I am proud to use my voice to help create ocean awareness and encourage others to stay passionate about their dreams, because they can make a difference and help create a positive impact.  I fully support Sage Larock in creating sustainable fashion that is ethically made.  I believe in their mission to utilize sustainable practices to help keep plastic out of our oceans, and transform recycled plastic and recycled fishing nets into new material to create upcycled clothing.  Through collaborating with Sage Larock, I have come to learn so much about the fashion industry.  Sustainable fashion is the way forward.  Redefining and redesigning fashion to be sustainably and ethically made for the betterment of our environment is creating a …

Sage Larock: Redefining Fashion Upcycling Plastic Into Swimwear

Behind all of the glitz and glamour of the fashion world is an ugly side.  There is an incredible amount of textile waste and pollution produced by the fashion industry.  “It is the second highest global polluter of clean water because of its use of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, and other toxic compounds” (Sage Larock).  In an era of conscious consumers, and a growing movement to pass on plastic consumers are evaluating their consumption habits.  Some are becoming more interested in how clothing is made.  As a result, they are seeking out sustainably and ethically made clothing.  Sustainable fashion is a game changer, it is redefining fashion and redesigning the way clothing is made.  In particular,  Sage Larock  is founded upon being a sustainable luxury line of swimwear and apparel made in Los Angeles, California.  The ethos of their sustainable clothing is making beautiful swimwear that is inspired by the sea and designed to be ocean friendly.  At the heart of their environmentally responsible approach is reclaiming ocean plastic debris and transforming it into fabric.  …

5 Reasons to ditch that plastic straw

Spoiler alert, plastic straws are no longer in vogue.  It is the end of the era of the plastic straw.  Many of us have had the last straw (both literally and metaphorically) when it comes to single-use plastic.  Single-use plastics have a significant environmental impact and are polluting our oceans in a major way.  There is a massive amount of plastic floating around our oceans, it is estimated that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 700,000 square miles, equivalent to the size of Texas!  Plastic waste is starting to take over our oceans.  Divers, surfers, and regular beach goers are constantly finding and removing plastic off the beach and from the oceans.  Our lifestyle of convenience wrapped in plastic needs to be reevaluated, we know that single-use plastic is harmful to marine life, birds and our environment.  By 2050 oceans will contain more plastic than fish.  Plastic is harmful to marine life and coral reefs.  That being said, we need to unite in an effort to change our consumer habits, by switching over to sustainable …

Dive Into Coral Reef Conservation

Grand Cayman Eco Divers has officially launched their non-profit foundation “Eco Divers Reef Foundation” established 28 November 2017 and is based in the Cayman Islands.  Founders Brittany Balli and Aaron Hunt, are a husband and wife team, that are dedicated to their Coral Nursery Program aimed to restore fragile and damaged reefs in the Cayman Islands.  A primary focus of their coral conservation efforts is maintaining local coral nurseries and coral out plant sites.  Since the inception of coral nurseries in the Cayman Islands it has proven to be successful.  Likewise, they are devoted to ensuring a positive future for Cayman’s reefs by educating the youth and the community of the Cayman Islands about the importance of coral reefs, ocean conservation and the proper techniques of working with coral nurseries.  Their non-profit foundation was created as a separate organization from their dive company Grand Cayman Eco Divers to help generate funding for coral conservation efforts in the Cayman Islands. Conserving Cayman’s Reefs   Over the last few decades, the Cayman Islands has seen a significant …

2018 Resolutions: 6 Single-Use Plastics You Can Quit Right Now

The beginning of a new year is the time many people find themselves reflecting on their resolutions and new goals for the year ahead.  Whilst we always have the best intentions to keep our resolutions, most often somewhere along the way we tend to fall short at keeping all our new years resolutions and goals or staying on track.  Below are green resolutions for the new year with a focus on going plastic-free.  Specifically, to stop using single-use plastics.  6 single-use plastic items you can quit right now are: straws, plastic bags, disposable plastic cutlery, disposable plastic containers, water bottles, single-use coffee cups. Feel free to aim to achieve all of them, or start small and commit to one or two and follow through.  Small steps add up to making a huge impact. Save The Seas by going Plastic-Free  1. Say NO to Plastic Straws A small and simple act such as, stop using plastic straws can make a huge impact.  If your drink requires a straw, then consider investing in a reusable straw.  When …

Cayman Islands Coral Watch Programme

On 23rd September 2017, the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE) documented the first reports of a new coral bleaching event in the Cayman Islands.  Scientists have been investigating how widespread and intense the bleaching is across all three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.  A particularly striking find was on Andes Reef, north coast of Grand Cayman, where there were sightings of coral bleaching happening up to depths of 50 meters.  This year’s coral bleaching event has been meticulously monitored and documented by the DOE and they continue to gather data, photos, videos and conduct surveys to fully assess the impact.  As the DOE documents this stress response, they are paying close attention to 3 particular factors: 1.       Which locations of coral reefs are affected by the bleaching 2.       What species of coral are affected and which are remaining healthy 3.       What depths are bleached corals found For instance, some coral reefs on the west side of the island in shallow depths currently …