Everybody’s heard, “Don’t re-invent the wheel.” This phrase has never been more true than in our quest to save the Ocean, reduce single use plastic, save marine life – and ourselves.
As innovative and mindful as each of us is about our personal choices and habits, the collective power of us supporting the network of larger efforts is even more. In the Blue Life Journal we invite individuals to make mindful plans each morning for their “Blue Life” intentions. Over time, people will write things like, “Brought my re-usable cup to coffee shop,” or “bought a stainless steel straw to avoid plastic straws.”
The ways we can personally change habits is good. But writing those choices over time might feel like “too little.” That’s when your Blue Life Journal can step up to be life changing. We include a section in the Journal called Connections. It is similar to what we offer in a small way in this Conversation.
Learn about larger efforts, successful “blue life initiatives, innovative solutions and join the momentum of their strength in numbers. If you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media – use your platform to share what you learn and connect your energy and ideas to the empowering opportunities. Discover who we follow – FOLLOW us and we will FOLLOW back. Blue Life on Twitter, Blue Life on Facebook.
Some examples of ways you can take a group’s BIG IDEA and bring it home – making your Blue Life” the source of inspiration for many are below. For instance, if you live near a harbor or marina – be the leader that gets a SeaBin installed. We list many more on our PEOPLE AND PROJECTS page.
The Back Story: Once upon a time, two surfers got sick of swimming in garbage. Unlike most of us, they decided to do something about it. In 2015, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski quit their jobs and sourced seed funding from Shark Mitigation Systems to design a prototype ocean garbage collecting ‘Seabin’. This began a journey of research and product development that would take them around the world. Today, they are finally bringing their invention home to Australia.
The Seabin Project develops upstream solutions for waterways adjacent to high population areas, such as marinas, ports and public waterways. This is a front-line approach: if you can capture the debris deposited into the water at its most common source (near land), less garbage will work its way out into the oceans.