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Where to Buy Sustainable Seafood

Determining where to buy sustainable seafood may seem challenging and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. FishWise has taken the guess work out of the decision by developing a myriad of purchasing tools. You can choose a Seafood  Watch Pocket Guide or refer to this list. There’s even an app for that. Or you can simply enter your zip code here to find a sustainable seafood retailer. To learn more about sustainable seafood, please refer to the FishWise useful links.

Ten percent of profits this month will be donated to FishWise.

Life Without Plastic Author at SF Green Festival

Plastic-free blogger and activist Beth Terry will be at the San Francisco Green Festival this weekend signing copies of her book, “Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too,” at the Life Without Plastic booth #126 at 1:30 on both Saturday and Sunday, or for as long as book supplies last. Please come by. The book is sold out in most places right now, and while there is a second print run ordered, this is your chance to meet Beth, Chantal from Life Without Plastic, and get a signed copy of the book without waiting. It’s a great gift for the holidays!

Seaweed Greetings!

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Seaweed Greetings!

This Christmas season spread holiday cheer with SeaweedArt’s whimsical sea lettuce Christmas tree.  Ten percent of November’s profits will be donated to FishWise sustainable seafood conservancy.

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SeaweedArt Partners with Fishwise

This month SeaweedArt is happy to annouce  a partnership with Fishwise, a sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally responsible practices. Ten percent of  profits for the month of November will be donated to Fishwise. You are also welcome to make a donation here.

Fishwise defines sustainable seafood as coming from sources, whether fished or farmed, that can maintain or increase production in the future without jeopardizing the structure or function of affected ecosystems. To learn more about seafood sustainable assessment methods click here and watch the video below. Stay tuned throughout the month for more information.

Close Encounters of the Gentle Giant Kind

In this video, National Geographic underwater marine wild life photojournalist, Brian Skerry, describes the exhilaration he felt during a close-up encounter with a curious, 45-foot-long right whale who turned out to be a gentle giant.

All Natural Environmentally Safe Handmade Soap

Save your skin. Save the Planet.

I’ve always been a very health and environmentally conscious consumer, particularly when it comes to what I eat. I read labels. Anything I can’t pronounce, I don’t consume. I like to keep things simple. Lately I have become even more vigilant, not only about what I put in my body, but what I put on it. Especially since there is mounting evidence surrounding the toxicity of ingredients commonly found in many self care “beauty” products. If you are worried about this stuff going down your drain and polluting the ocean, think about what it is doing to your body. I have recently come to learn that 80% of what you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream.

Besides that, who needs all those over priced, over rated skin care regimens anyway? Whenever anyone compliments me on youthful glowing complexion (I’ll be 51 next month) I tell them I wash my face with Dr. Bubbles handmade all natural soap that costs $5 a bar. *

Dr. Bubbles is also my friend, Dorothy D. who is a research scientist and the chief bubblologist at Dr. Bubbles Handmade Soap. She studies the effects of fragrance on the human body and attempts to solve some of the world’s skin problems with her truly all natural skin care products.  Dr. Bubbles natural skin care products grew out of a need to solve her gardener’s hands problems and she has helped me immensely because I have always had extremely sensitve skin. (I break out in a rash whenever I walk past the fragrance counter of any department store and those cloying, heady scents nauseate me.)

Dr. Bubbles soaps and all natural skin care products are clean, fresh smelling and safe for my body and the environment. It has also become a soothing ritual for me  every night before I go to sleep to slather my hands (and my husband’s) with the Bar None Shea Butter Lotion Bars. I also love and highly recommend the Nobeo (Get it? No B.O.?) deodorizing body powder. Not only is it talc free, it does not contain aluminum chlorhydrate, which is commonly found in most antiperspirants and deodorants and known as a human reproductive, developmental and neurotoxin.  Because of its known toxicity, this ingredient is banned in many countries outside of the U.S.

Be safe and keep it simple. Wash your body the old fashioned way. Use soap.

Thank you Dr. Bubbles for saving my skin. For more information and to place an order, please visit: Dr. Bubbles.com.

* This is not a paid endorsement.

 

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center Now Open!

NMSFMB Exploration CenterThe Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz is now open and I am pleased to announce SeaweedArt cards are on sale in the Sanctuary gift shop! If you haven’t been to visit yet I highly recommend it. Just steps away from the Santa Cruz wharf, The center features state-of-the art displays, research discoveries and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to explore the sanctuary’s remarkable marine environment. Admissioin is free. Open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Ocean Conservancy Trash Free Challenge– Week 2

Last week I wrote about Ocean Conservancy’s 30 Day Trash Free Challenge , which offers weekly tips on how to reduce your trash consumption. Last week’s tip was to use reusable bags. This week’s tip it to use reusable coffee and travel mugs. A photo contest goes along with the challenge. Here’s how it works: take a photo of your trash free habits and upload them here. The winner who gets the most votes receives a complete reusable starter kit.

The photo below is the reusable mug I will be posting. My daughter needle pointed it for me when she attended a craft class many years ago. I treasure it and use it every day. I love the sunny smiley happy face and the blue sky background.

6 Ways You Can Help Protect Our Oceans

Did you know that half of the earth’s oxygen comes from phytoplankton, a one-celled plant that lives on the ocean’s surface? Or that one in six jobs is in some way marine related? Whether you live in a coastal town by the sea, or in a land locked state and rarely set foot in salt water, everyone benefits from a world with clean and healthy oceans.

Unfortunately, our oceans are becoming more polluted, as our coastal ecosystems are increasingly under threat from plastic pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, destruction of habitats, and the effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Here are 6 steps you can take to ensure a future of safe and sustainable oceans. Click here to read the rest of the article I wrote for Parent Society.

For more tips on how you can do your part,  please read environmental journalist David Helvarg’s book:50 Ways to Save the Ocean (Inner Ocean Action Guide).

World Ocean Day June 8th


Tomorrow is World Ocean day. If you would like to participate in the global celebration, click here to find a local event in your area. For those of you in my neck of the ocean, Santa Cruz, here are a few goings on around town.

The Seymour Center is offering free admission. Come learn why we are all dependent on our oceans, find out what your family can do help them, connect with them by visiting our shark touch-pool, or just enjoy the view.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is also offering free admission. Join in the celebration of the ecosystem that covers 70% of the planet.

In honor of the event, SeaweedArt will donate all proceeds from the sale of SeaweedArt note cards and prints to World Ocean Day.