What’s a “Blue Life” Choice: Sustainability Rocks

We recently came across a comprehensive article (July 28, 2018) written by Trammell S. Crow for the Dallas Morning News. Trammell is the heart and soul behind the far-reaching and hugely successful EarthX held each spring in Dallas. The commentary talks about how our awareness of the negative impact of plastic straws might lead us to more broad-reaching change of habits and attitudes that could protect the world’s oceans.

Best of all, he outlined a six-point plan that provides each of us with actions and choices we can begin to adopt right now. The more we know about choices, the more creative, innovative and inspired our daily entries in our Blue Life Journal can become.

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Your “blue life” choices can generate sustainability

Here’s the list from Trammell’s commentary:

“Together with environmental sustainability nonprofits EarthX and Future 500, these leaders developed a six-point plan to protect the world’s oceans. Cutting plastic pollution was high on that list, but we didn’t stop there.

We detailed six ways consumers and corporations could combine their buying power in order to get to the root causes of ocean destruction.

Government can help, but consumers have the real power, if we learn to use it. We can save the oceans by only supporting brands and companies that:

• Shift to clean-burning fuels on cargo and cruise ships.

• Offer only sustainable seafood, never from illegal or untraceable sources.

• Avoid minerals, oil and gas mined in ways that threaten fisheries, reefs and complex marine ecosystems.

• Buy plastic products only from providers who join a comprehensive global system to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and prevent marine debris from entering the ocean, especially in nations that don’t have recycling infrastructures.

• Buy meat and produce only from farms and ranches that strictly reduce chemical runoff — the chief cause of ocean dead zones that kill fisheries and hurt people whose livelihoods depend on them.

• Commit to corporate and public policies that will drive down ocean acidification and coral reef death, which threaten our food supply and, ultimately, survival.

By the way, the actions that reduce acidification and coral destruction, which are not under debate, are the same that protect the climate, a problem that some still deny.

Those six steps are all within reach. Responsible business executives, consumers and political leaders I know from both parties agree they are necessary.

But they won’t happen until citizens organize across party lines and aim for systemic solutions that are bigger than just a ban on straws.

That requires we step past our polarized political system. Polls show that 70 percent of Americans, on the right and left, can find solutions on almost any issue if we just talk with one another.

Saying no to straws is a first step; it is tangible, easy and helps start a conversation.

Let’s keep talking and find collaborative solutions that can stem the tide of ocean destruction.”

And let’s keep our daily practice of writing in our Blue Life Journal going strong – sharing that experience with others. Connect with us by sharing your ideas and stories HERE.

20 Ways to Quit Plastic – Stylist Magazine Genius

I just discovered the writing of Alix Walker – Stylist Magazine on Twitter. Beyond her delightful weaving of words she shared in an article called, “The Ultimate Guide on How to Quit Plastic,” was an astute comparison to the drop in popularity of smoking and similar trend beginning for plastic. She states, “Plastic has become our newest source of shame.” Finally, and yay!

The quote that almost made me hop out of my chair and cheer was this from Will McCallum, author of How To Give Up Plastic and head of oceans at Greenpeace UK, “It’s unprecedented for an environmental issue to be having a reaction on [the current] scale. Blue Planet II was undoubtedly the tipping point; in China alone it was downloaded 180 million times.”

Be sure to read her entire article. The 20 suggestions for minimizing plastic use are inspiring and easy to implement. Every choice matters. ONE + TOGETHER = HOPE!

blj-new-bright-coverOur hope at Blue Life Publications is that we can harness this intention to change habits around plastic use, especially single-use plastic. By connecting millions of people practicing “Blue Life” journal writing with cues and structured support new habits become easier to sustain.

Will McCallum nailed it again, “It’s about inspiring people to become part of the solution.”

YES! That’s what we are all about. Join the tribe today and save 25% on a pre-launch copy of your Blue Life Journal. See the Table of Contents below.

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Simple Life Hack: Your Reusable Bottle

I actually get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see people leaving the “big box” or grocery store with a plastic wrapped case of water in 24 or more plastic bottles. SERIOUSLY? Unless local water is unavailable or contaminated – why?????

There are so many BPA free and stainless reusable water bottle options. Can there be a more simple way to eliminate one of the most prevalent plastic polluters around?

plastic-bottle-pollution-20473936You may already practice this simple habit of bringing your own water bottle. Do the Ocean a favor and share this with friends who might not realize the following information. The Ocean, our voiceless friend, will be forever grateful.
This is from the RecycleBank website (FOLLOW on Twitter @RecycleBank) for endless great information)

Bottled Water vs. The Environment

Bottled water contributes to physical waste.

With bottled water, you get an enormous amount of, well, bottles. And for the last couple of years, the amount of plastic bottles being recycled keeps falling, which means more plastic bottles are going to the landfill — or the ocean, where they are damaging marine ecosystems — and represent a waste of the resources that went into making the bottle. Speaking of…

It takes more water to make a plastic bottle of water than goes in the bottle.

Yes. For example, Coca-Cola told Mother Jones in 2014 that it used 1.63 liters of water to produce every liter of water bottled. That’s quite a waste of water!

Now here’s a little tidbit to top it all off: A not insignificant amount of bottled water is just bottled municipal water anyway … AKA the same water you get from your tap.1

Ready to switch yet? We promise it doesn’t have to be hard. You can get filters for your tap water so you can feel more confident in the quality of the water from your sink, and then use glasses and reusable bottles (bonus: reusable bottles with measurements on them are a good way to make sure you’re drinking enough water each day!). Reusable bottles are the solution if you’re out running errands, too. It’s even possible to host a party without using bottled water — just fill up a few pitchers of water and dole out reusable cups. You can do it!

SOURCES: 1 NRDC, Mayo Clinic, Healthline, Food & Water Watch, Resource Recycling

Solutions Inspire: Saving Our Ocean

food-waste.jpg_largeWe found this on Twitter posted by @UNEnvironment. (You can follow us @BlueLifeConnect)

Small changes at the grocery store, at the dinner table and on the way to the garbage can will make a huge difference – to the Ocean. The info-graphic to the left shows the simple ways how – and why. It’s all about paying attention, making the small habit changes we can, and doing that daily. That’s the premise of the BLUE LIFE JOURNAL.

Check the “use by” date and learn just how much longer that food item is actually safe to use – and will cooking extend the time

Shop local – Being a locavore is powerful. Locavores are people who eat only locally-grown produce and, when possible, rely on meat, eggs, and other food products from local sources. These food are fresher, don’t travel so far from farm to market (and need less preservatives) and are grown by your neighbors.

While plastic is what we worry about most – living in a landfill for almost eternity – we dispose of much that can be composted. Buy what you need and then learn how to turn the “waste” into something of value. The high desert earth where I try to grow things with a not-so-green thumb would benefit from enrichment. Compost is decomposed organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen waste. It provides many essential nutrients for plant growth and therefore is often used as fertilizer. But you don’t have to BUY fertilizer, if you create it yourself. Compost also improves soil structure so that soil can easily hold the correct amount of moisture, nutrients and air.

These surprising “Blue Life” choices begin at home – even you live nowhere near the Ocean. #BeatPollution with a “Blue” mindset. We would love to hear your ideas.