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About Sara Thomas

Sara Thomas is the senior manager of Ocean Conservancy’s Digital Marketing team. She lives and works in Washington, DC but her heart is in Miami. Her allegiance to the ocean began in college at the University of Miami where she studied visual communication and marine policy. It was then that she was introduced to the concept of inspiring action through storytelling and it clearly stuck.


Five Reasons to Use Cloth Napkins over Paper

Posted On August 31, 2012 by

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5. Sustainably-made cloth napkins cost less then buying paper napkins over the course of five years. 

Given current prices, if you bought the cloth napkins brand new, five year’s worth of eco-friendly cloth napkins for a family of four could cost you anywhere from $20 to $108.00. If you bought disposable paper napkins for a family of four for five years, however, it could cost you anywhere from $322.64 to $2,635.60 depending on the type of napkins you buy and whether you buy them in bulk or one roll at a time.

4. Cloth napkins typically look nicer than paper napkins.

Let’s face it; presentation is important. We process with our eyes – especially when eating. Whether it’s in our packed lunches for work or school, or at meals at home, a cloth napkin looks and feels high class.

3. Cloth napkins are more durable.

When was the last time you ate BBQ? Can you count on one hand the number of napkins you went through? You can if you used a cloth one. Yes, it means washing them right after the meal, but it also means going through fewer paper products.

2. Kids can’t rip apart cloth napkins under the table.

If you have children, or have ever eaten with kids, you know they like to play with anything you put in front of them. More often than not, a meal with kids and paper napkins ends up looking like it has snowed under the table.

1. You produce less trash with cloth napkins!

Each year, millions of pounds of trash end up in our landfills. Some of this trash finds its way into nature and our ocean, causing trouble for wildlife. Every little bit counts and your little changes can have a huge impact. Want to go the extra mile? Make your own cloth napkins from old pieces of fabric, or find them in the home section of a consignment shop.


Top five reasons to click your mouse for the ocean

Posted On June 15, 2012 by

Copyright: Cheryl Gerber

5. It’s easy to do!

4. It’s fun to click on buttons that are blue.

3. It’s a great excuse to go outside and cleanup your neighborhood.

2. One click sends $1 to Ocean Conservancy for ocean conservation!

1. You can do something good for Mother Earth and our ocean this weekend and make a real difference.

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Your pledge: an investment in our Earth

Posted On May 15, 2012 by

Our pledge for mother earth

Ever wonder how one small thing you do can impact the entire well-being of the planet? One action alone – riding your bike to work, composting, picking up trash along your commute so it doesn’t find its way into the ocean – may seem insignificant. But it’s not.

Small actions, when done in collaboration with others, add up to large-scale improvements for the health of our planet. Collective impact is one of the most powerful ways we can help each other and our ocean.

With just one click of the mouse, you can commit to do one good thing for the planet. Even better, Odwalla will up the goodness by donating $1 on your behalf to Ocean Conservancy. Continue reading »