The Blog Aquatic » green tips News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don’t Forget the Ocean on Earth Day Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:00:36 +0000 Brett Nolan

As you celebrate Earth Day, don’t forget that over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is under the ocean—it makes up 99 percent of the living space on our planet, and is home to half of all species on Earth! More than 2.6 billion people depend on the ocean as their primary source for protein.

Even if your home is landlocked and you don’t eat fish, the ocean is a key part of your life. Did you know that half of all the oxygen in the atmosphere comes from the ocean? The ocean is so important to us; please join me in celebrating it today. And share the ocean love by sending an Earth Day ecard to your friends!

With serious threats from plastic pollution to ocean acidification facing this vital resource, Earth Day is also a great time to take action to protect the ocean!

You can write to your representative in Congress urging them to expand funding for ocean acidification research. By carrying a reusable bag, you can ensure a plastic bag never reaches a beach where sea turtles nest. Eat responsibly and locally caught seafood to satisfy your sushi craving. When you’re filling your boat’s gas tank, fill up only 90 percent of it. This will reduce the risk of spills from overfilling.

Other easy ways to protect the ocean:

  • Carry a reusable mug.
  • Print double-sided documents.
  • Use cold water to reduce energy and your utility bills.
  • Use a drying rack for your clothes.
  • Use cloth napkins.

As you plant a tree or stroll through a forest, please remember that so much of what we call home lies beneath the waves.

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Green Your Groceries Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:00:34 +0000 Guest Blogger

Credit: Fruits and vegetables at the market by Elnur / Shutterstock

So you already bring your reusable grocery bags every time you go shopping. Did you know that there are more opportunities to cut back on plastic consumption at the grocery store – without giving up any of your favorite products?

Fresh fruit, vegetables, and bulk items, like nuts and grains, are often stocked alongside single-use plastic bag dispensers. While most shoppers instinctively tear away bag after bag as they move down the aisles, many grocery stores give you the option to use your own bags and jars. When you do, you reduce the number of plastic bags entering the waste stream – and you’re making a difference for the ocean.

How It Works: Tare weight

Your re-usable jars and bags are heavier than single-use plastic bags, and it’s easy to account for this weight. Before you shop, talk to the customer service staff at your grocery store about finding the “tare weight” of your jars and bags – that’s simply how much they weigh when they’re empty.

Mark the tare weight of your jars and bags on a tag or sticker, and then go shop! When you weigh your purchases for pricing, subtract the tare weight from the total. The difference is the weight of your goods, and you’re ready for check-out.

Bulk Bins: Nuts, Grains, Dried Fruit, Beans, and more

Bring your own jars or bags to the bulk bins. You can reduce your use of plastic bags and bottles by scooping everything from oatmeal to peanut butter straight into your jars. Bonus: they look nice in your kitchen cupboard, too!

Produce: Fruit and Vegetables

Use mesh produce bags to carry your fruit and vegetables. They’re re-usable and compact, and they’ll help you cut back on the number of plastic bags you bring home from the grocery.

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Start your own Rippl™ Effect Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:00:38 +0000 Sara Thomas
“What else can I do?”

We’ve heard this question thousands of times from volunteers following the annual success of the International Coastal Cleanup. People get out to their local beach, river, or even in their neighborhood and see the magnitude of the trash problem and want to know what else they can do. We always encourage volunteers to participate in other organized cleanups throughout the year and to think about how they can reduce their impact on the ocean and waterways by consuming fewer one-time use products.

Until now, these recommendations are all we’ve been able to offer…NOT anymore.

After 12 months of a user-focused design process and intensive group testing with volunteers, coordinators, ocean enthusiasts, families, and young professionals, Ocean Conservancy is very excited to announce our first mobile app, Rippl.  We’re energized as much about what Rippl is and will continue to become as we are about the journey we took to get here.

What is Rippl? 
Rippl is a free iPhone application that helps you make sustainable lifestyle choices by delivering weekly green living tips that you can then adapt to fit your busy schedule and needs. Each tip comes with the ability to set up customizable alerts and is designed to conveniently help transform your habits, save you money and live a greener, healthier life by reducing your trash impact.

Always forgetting your reusable bags? Rippl will remind you to grab them before you leave the house. Spend too much on coffee at the local coffee shop? Rippl lets you know when bringing your own mug can get you a discount. This is your first step in forming habits that will save you money and grow a healthy planet by keeping trash out of our landfills and waterways.

Why did we build Rippl? 
One of the biggest pieces of feedback we received from people throughout the course of the last year was that they often know what they can do to help the environment and our ocean, but they forget or it’s inconvenient. So we set out to help first make it easier to remember and second, provide convenient ways to implement these green habits into each of our daily lives. These behaviors build on each other over time, gradually creating a daily set of habits that allow users to live simpler, more fulfilled lives while helping the ocean.

What should you do? 
Download Rippl!

We’re confident that we’re building a community of everyday activists that who are trying to live a more reusable lifestyle, growing a healthy ocean and a healthy planet in the process.

But, this is only the first step. The app will continue to evolve – including building an Android version – as feedback comes in so that it truly can be a tool that suits the needs of its users.

Have a suggested tip? Send it to us! Want to see additional features in the app? Let us know and we’ll develop them out! This is as much a tool to help your daily routine get easier, as it is a tool for us to collectively reduce the amount of trash that could end up in our ocean.

Ready to start your own Rippl effect? Download it today, invite your friends and family to join you, and tell us what you think!

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