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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 …

Sage Larock: Making Waves With Sustainable Fashion

Taryn Sage Larock is making waves in the fashion industry.  As a former model and now fashion designer, her passion for fashion and dedication to ocean advocacy reflects in her modern sustainable luxury collection of swimwear and apparel.  Her collection is “clothing that is naturally beautiful both inside and out” it is entirely sustainable, ethically made, animal cruelty free and made with the ocean in mind.  Sage Larock offers limited edition pieces that have a timeless and classic appeal.  At the heart of her clothing line is staying authentic to her love for the ocean by ensuring all of her pieces are made in both a sustainable and ethical manner.  A key component to her swimsuit collection and apparel is that they are made from “sustainable fabrics such as organic OEKO-TEX® certified cotton, Italian recycled poly fabric, which is made of recycled fishing nets and plastic debris recovered from the ocean, and extra soft hemp jersey, which is grown and produced without any chemicals” highlighting eco-friendly options that transcend and create sustainable luxury fashion. Sustainability …

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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 …

Red: The New Flavor of The Week

Saucha: Conscious Living is cooking up a storm, serving up some red hot new items to add to their portfolio of savory and sweet vegan treats.  Valentine’s Day might be over, but you can eat cake any day of the week.  Saucha is delighted to introduce their (Beet) Red Velvet Cupcake.  For those of you looking for something more savory, then you will be happy to know that Saucha has created a mini-tomato sauce along with tomato flax crackers.  These yummy new treats are made with locally sourced organic produce. Let Them Eat Cake Red Velvet cupcakes are my absolute favorite! I was thrilled once I found out Britta had made a batch of vegan and gluten free red velvet cupcakes.  To give the cupcakes that vibrant signature red look, Britta used beets as the primary ingredient.  The delicious frosting was cashew cheese, a spin on the traditional cream cheese frosting.  I found the frosting and cake to have a well rounded balance of sweet and savory.  I personally, am not a huge fan of …

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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. …