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Force Blue: On A Mission To Protect Coral Reefs

“One Team, One Fight.” Force Blue is an innovative non-profit organization embarking on an unprecedented mission to change the lives of Combat Divers and Special Operations Force Veterans by repurposing their skill set to aid in the recovery and preservation of critical coral reefs.  By virtue, teaching the veterans to adapt their skills for the betterment of the environment acts as a form of therapy and helps to restore the lives of veterans dealing with PTS and depression.  Force Blue has carefully built the program focusing on improving the lives of vets and offering them an opportunity to continue living a life of purpose, giving them a new mission— saving critical coral reefs and ecosystems.  Veterans often struggle with the need to be part of a team and have a mission to accomplish and/or cause to fight for.  Force Blue has devised a way for veterans to maintain that core component of their lives by deploying them all over the world to help communities save their critical coral reefs.  Veterans taking part in the initiative …

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Cayman Islands: Coral Nursery Conservation Program

  The caribbean has already lost 80% of its coral reefs. Grand Cayman Eco Divers in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment and various local dive establishments have teamed up for over a year aspiring to maintain coral nurseries to aid in conservation, sustainability and restoration of Cayman’s coral reefs. The program has developed effective strategies for protecting and restoring damaged areas of coral reef.  In short, their innovative approach is to grow Staghorn coral in nurseries.  Coral fragments are grown on structures referred to as coral trees.  These “trees” are made from PVC and fiberglass rods.  The fragments of coral grow into colonies.  After significant growth they are then later removed from the tree and out planted onto damaged coral reef areas to aid in their recovery.  For longevity it is proven to provide a sustainable way to maintain healthy reefs.  The successful transplantation and growth of the coral fragments help create diversity in the ecosystem as well as more resilient  reefs. Cayman Eco Divers are seeking to expand the current Coral …

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Bella Noya

  Talya Meltem is the founder of Bella Noya, a collection of beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Talya pursued her dream of having a career in fashion by studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Fransisco (FIDM) to later start her own jewelry line.  Her collection is greatly inspired by the Caribbean.  Talya in her own right is an artist as she handcrafts jewelry into works of art.  She takes great care in selecting materials, composing and curating the pieces that will be used in her collection(s).  At 27, Talya is an accomplished jewelry designer,  creating signature pieces that reflect her inspirations and influences at a particular moment in time.  She looks forward to creating a new collection to debut later this year, capturing the essence of new inspirations she draws from.  For Talya, jewelry making is her form of art.  As she grows as an artist/jewelry designer and continues to find new sources of inspiration her collections and style will reflect that. Q&A with Talya Meltem 1. What is the meaning behind …

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Why You Should Visit Garden Of The Gods

Colorado, is one of the most beautiful places I have visited.  My absolute favorite spot is Garden of the Gods.  It has an incredible display of red rock formations— a true natural wonder of epic beauty.  I recommend all world travelers should visit this spectacular place at least once. Why You Should Visit Garden of the Gods Garden of the Gods is famous for is red rock formations.  Throughout this National Natural Landmark you have a multitude of dramatic scenic photo opportunities.  There is much serenity walking along the pathways and feeling connected to nature.  It is a great leisurely walk with striking views and vantage points.  One of the coolest vantage points for me was being able to see “The Incline” (Manitou Incline, Colorado Springs)  hiking trail in the distance.  It is a hiking trail that is most definitely on my bucket list. Colorado, is a wonderful place for hiking and Garden of the Gods is one of the easiest hikes with paved pathways.  Be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. …

Cayman Scents: Eco-friendly Bath & Body Products

Cayman Scents has a premium line of handmade eco-friendly candles, bath and body products.  The collection consists of an array of luscious and delicious scents that embody island life.   Flavors include: Island Mango, Ocean Breeze and Cucumber Melon.  The heart of Cayman Scents is quality handcrafted products made locally with an eco-conscious mindset.  All products are environment friendly, not tested on animals (cruelty free) and made with fair trade ingredients.   Great care is taken in the process of making each item.  The collection of products were developed over several years to ensure a high quality product.  Plenty of time and dedication was put into mixing, smelling and testing the products as part of the manufacturing process and to create the unique scents and recipes. Rub-A-Dub-Scrub  Body Scrubs Handcrafted Soaps Body Lotion Let It Glow  Candles and home diffusers Support Local Cayman Scents have been handcrafting eco-friendly products since 1999.   By supporting local and sustainable products it helps both the environment and the economy. Visit Angela Wood, founder of Cayman Scents on Wednesday’s …

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

  I am absolutely stoked right now! I have some exciting news to share,  Eco Chic Cayman has been nominated for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Huge thanks to My Happy Coincidence for the nomination. I am both humbled and honored, thank you so much! Rules -Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. -Put the award logo on your blog. -Answer the ten questions sent to you. -Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. -Nominate ten blogs. 10 Questions from My Happy Coincidence 1. If you could pick a fictional place to live, where would it be? Excellent question! I am torn between Neverland and Wonderland. Both would be incredibly exciting places to live and explore. 2. What was your most inspiring class in school (bonus points if you can name and give a shout out to the teacher/professor)? The most inspiring class I attended in school was Drama, when I was in high school. It was this class that made me want to go to …