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Blue-Green Giving

Posted By Conservation Committee, Monday, December 17, 2018

If you are looking for a way to be “blue-green” this holiday season, consider sustainable giving!  With the numerous options for the conservation minded individual these days, deciding on what to purchase can be tricky.  Not to mention, pricey.  Why not put your creative talents to the test and make something yourself?  If you are saying, “I’m not crafty, this isn’t going to happen”, let me just be the first to say “Give it a try, it’s easier than you think.”  I’ve been witness to those with the not-so-crafty thumb do exceptionally well and enjoy it at the same time.  So this holiday season let the good times roll and make sustainable giving a priority!

Check out a few of my favorite sustainable gift ideas!

Make Gift Bows from Magazines

Tutorial via Condo Blues

DIY Bows

Make A No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

Tutorial via Mommypotamus

DIY Tote Bag

Crayon Melt Glass Ornaments

Tutorial via Instructables

DIY Ornaments

Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

Tutorial via The Healthy Maven

Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

Vintage Scarf Eye Pillows

Tutorial via Sadie Seasongoods

DIY Eye Pillows

Homemade Toothpaste

Tutorial via Don't Waste the Crumbs

Homemade Toothpaste

DIY Photo Coasters

Tutorial via Just a Little About Nothing

DIY Photo Coasters

Thrift Store Sweater Pillow Covers

Tutorial via Live from Julie's House

Thrift Store Sweater Pillow Covers

Make Your Own Reusable Food Wrap

Tutorial via Apartment Therapy

Reusable Food Wrap

Happy Holidays,

Heather Segura, Conservation Committee Vice Chair

Tags:  Conservation 

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NMEA Blue-Green Lifestyle

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Thursday, June 28, 2018

It’s almost time for NMEA 2018, hosted by the Southwest Marine Educators Association in sunny Long Beach, CA!  As you begin to pack your bags please remember NMEA’s Blue-Green Initiatives and…

Bring Your Own (BYO):

  • BYOWB – favorite REUSABLE water bottle!
  • BYOM – favorite REUSABLE mug!
  • BYONBH – favorite REUSABLE name badge holder from a previous conference or workshop.  If you have a stash of extras and are willing to donate them, bring them along.  We will gladly share them at registration for others to reuse!
  • BYOT – favorite REUSABLE tote, for all of that awesome NMEA swag!

It’s always wise to plan ahead.  Think: how can I pack lighter? What do I want to do in my spare time? Where should I eat?  How can I be more blue-green?  Well, here are some additional travel tips and possible answers to those lingering questions:

  • Bring your own refillable toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. so that you don’t need to use the ones offered in your room.
  • Keep your towels on the rack and reuse them.
  • Practice water conservation!
  • Do to specific requirements of the ship, the rooms may be chilly…we recommend bringing layers!  But hey, southern California can be cool at night anyway!
  • Pack clothes that can be worn more than once.  Do you really need 5 pairs of jeans?
  • Eat at establishments that support local, organic and/or sustainable food supplies, and avoid take-out unless packed in sustainable packaging.  Check out
  • OH…you can’t forget dessert! and
  • Bring/use reef and eco-safe sunscreens. 
  • Support local businesses and buy locally-made souvenirs.
  • Make sure to plan some time to explore the historic Queen Mary.  From exhibits to tours, it has it all.  Check it out!   NMEA attendees get a discount! Woot! Woot!

Other things you can do once conferencing is over:

  • Tide pooling at Abalone Cove
  • Taking a southbound drive down Pacific Coast Highway at sunset
  • Checking out the surf at Huntington Beach (Surf City USA!)
  • Walking down Main Street in Seal Beach
  • Eating breakfast burritos at every possible opportunity!


Tags:  Conservation  NMEA18 

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Why You Won’t See Beef at NMEA 2018

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Thursday, June 14, 2018

CattleDocumentation states that the livestock industry is responsible for approximately 15% of global human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.  Of this percentage, 80% of the emissions are directly related to animals such as cattle.  A typical cow releases 100 kilograms of methane gas each year, or approximately 1/10 of a metric ton. 

Now multiply that number by the outrageous number of cows on this planet (approximately 1.5 billion) and you get…a very big number!  Now, we know we can’t just blame the cows, but they are a major contributing factor in global climate change.  But is it really just the cows?  Scientific evidence shows that methane gas produced by livestock is second to fossil fuel production, but resource use and environmental impacts of farm-raised edible protein matters just as much, if not more.

Here’s an interesting fact from the World Resources Institute: “If cattle were able to form their own nation, they would rank third behind China and the United States among the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters.” That’s a scary thought.

Rest assured that without beef there will be plenty to eat, and you can bet that sustainable seafood will be on the menu. As consumers we need to be aware of the effects of our choices.  Along with this year’s conference being “beef free”, conference participants are being asked to bring their own lanyards, reusable water bottles, and mugs. 

As an added bonus, this year’s swag bags, designed by ChicoBags, are fashioned out of 100% post-consumer, recycled plastic bottles. Can we agree that this is awesome?! 

RMS Queen MaryIn addition, the conference committee is encouraging bus, bicycle, and boat transportation to and from events, the conference, and of course sightseeing around beautiful Long Beach, California.  Behind the scenes, the conference committee has been working hard to minimize the amount of single use plastics, and we are proud to say that all of the conference venues are on board!  Speaking of “on board,” let’s focus on the Queen Mary, shall we?  In terms of reusable items, the Queen Mary gets the win.  Her history is nothing, if not amazing.  She started as a transatlantic luxury cruise liner hosting many Hollywood elites, was transformed into the largest and fastest troopship to sail during WWII, transformed back to her original self, and finally became a grand floating hotel, attraction, and icon of Southern California.  We hope that you are as excited as we are.  Looking forward to a fabulous NMEA 2018!

~ NMEA Conservation Committee

Give it a try: observe one meat-free day a week to curb your carbon emissions.

Tags:  Conservation  guest blog; conservation  NMEA18 

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