by Richard Arterbury
Whales are amazing and Ocean Blue is working as hard as possible by removing thousands of pounds of plastic from beaches and untimely our one world Ocean. This photo blog is an overview of a whales life span with a plastic free Ocean and while the plastic in our Oceans are so large whales and other sea animals are suffering greatly.
Over 8 million metric tons of plastic entering our one world Ocean it's time we act now and lower the numbers of floating plastics in our Ocean and at the same time lower the suffering of of marine wildlife!
Find out how you can help protect our Ocean. Read More:
by Karisa Arterbury
Ocean Blue has caught one manufacturing company doing much more to be sustainable than most, and we are really quite impressed. Halstead New England and their sister company, Metroflor Corporation, formed a sustainability team in 2016 to ensure their environmental and social responsibility is exceeding standards on every level. They recently joined hands with Ocean Blue Project for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup 2018. As a proud Annual Corporate Member of Ocean Blue Project, the two came together to clean the beach in Manzanita on September 15th, and they’re planning to do more.
Who is Halstead-Metroflor? Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, and with offices around the world including associates in Portland, Oregon, Halstead-Metroflor has for a century been delivering to their customers a variety of interior building and design products. While associates in Oregon were cleaning up on the west coast, their headquarter office employees led another beach cleanup on the east coast for the same ocean cleanup effort on September 15th.
If we want a real ocean cleanup happening, then we have to take care of our neighborhoods where we live, work, and play. Everything runs downstream. Halstead understands this and they make investments for the long term benefit of our One World Ocean. Halstead’s vision has been to deliver products that offer consumers exceptional quality, value, design and performance. Their products blend global research and development expertise with responsible and consistent manufacturing practices. Their offices in Calhoun, GA, include a LEED Platinum-certified building, a Green-Globes certified building, and a warehouse equipped with solar panels.
Most impressively to Ocean Blue, Halstead/Metroflor have a warehouse that collects rainwater in barrels to flush toilets and for landscaping purposes. Imagine how much cleaner our waterways would be if rainwater was being used on a mass scale by businesses and homeowners alike, instead of running along oil saturated streets before hitting our urban streams and rivers. Halstead is saving water and contributing to ocean cleanup through prevention.
Halstead has also been working with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) to do so much including get Declare labels for products, including Metroflor and ASPECTA brands, as well as working hard to receive the JUST label for one of their manufacturers. ILFI are deep into getting companies to be more transparent about what is in their products through Declare and also about how they treat employees through JUST certification and more sustainable services. Halstead’s sustainability team is working to make sure they are not only joining in on employee volunteer efforts for things like blood drives and school supply drives, and caring for our earth with ocean cleanups, but also being as transparent as possible about how they treat employees, where their products come from and the safety of the ingredients they put in their products.
Ocean Blue is excited about working with Halstead employees and we are looking forward to planting Trees for Streams together in Portland. Emily French, an associate of Halstead located in the Portland area and a sustainability team member, is always seeking to make more of an impact with Ocean Blue. Her vision is to bring Halstead employees and their families out into the community to plant trees together and Ocean Blue is planning community outreach efforts in Portland to make the most of our combined efforts through our Trees for Streams program.
Ocean Cleanup Near You
Ocean Blue is requesting everyone to gather next year on April 23rd for the Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day along the entire Oregon Coast! Make your commitment today by celebrating the day with Ocean Blue and saving our wave at the next Ocean Cleanup.
Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day April 23rd - proclamation was signed by our Oregon Governor in 2017! Read More:
How You Can Help Our Ocean
Trash and pollution are leading threats to the health of our one world Ocean . Let's work together to keep trash in a closed loop and not in our Ocean! #wecleanbeaches Find out more at www.OceanBlueProject.org
by Karisa Boyce
Many of you are already aware that Ocean Blue is working with domestic plastic recyclers to turn marine plastic into new products. This will help facilitate shutting down the loop of production, meaning we will need less petroleum and virgin plastics to make the products we buy at the store. Through researching the recycling process, we have learned that single-use plastic straws are nothing but a huge waste because it is not sustainable to recycle them. Beside this fact, Ocean Blue volunteers are about to obtain thousands of the single-use nuisances from U.S. beaches throughout the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018.
Going strawless campaigns are gaining momentum in cities across the geographical region currently being victimized by waves of plastic pollution by using #goingstrawless. This is thanks to Strawless Ocean, an open source platform established by Lonely Whale. Strawless Ocean is dedicated to removing single-use plastic straws from the United States waste chain. Ocean Blue likes to see alternative non-profits creating impact by encouraging cities and people every place to hitch a movement that’s creating waves!
Lonely Whale, a non-profit operating out of Seattle and the Big Apple, launched the Strawless in Seattle Campaign thatimpelled businesses to get rid of 2.3 million plastic straws from town in 2017 alone. During the launch that September, the Mayor of Seattle pledged to ban all single-use plastic straws in July of 2018.
Other cities and non-profits are following suit by connexion a movement that was created for everyone in the United States to join in on. Plastic Pollution Coalition promotes the Last Plastic Straw challenge by providing a 4 level plan of action, a pledge you can sign, and a resource guide for strawless restaurants. Portland, Oregon radio station, KINK FM, also put out a campaign to make Portland one in all 10 cities committed to going strawless as an extension of the Strawless in Seattle movement. Monterey, Malibu, and San Diego in California and Ocean City in Maryland are among the cities who have also taken part in going strawless.
Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and the Smithsonian Institute have implemented bans. Even Martha Stewart has joined the movement! If you find yourself at the Rocky Mountain National Park or the Grand Canyon, you are likely to be exposed to messaging that urges you to go strawless at concession stands. The less demand there is for straws, the more likely businesses are to let go of an unnecessary and wasteful single-use product.
Let’s not forget about Milo Cress, the then nine year old that started the Be Straw Free Campaign back in 2011. Eco-cycle manages the campaign now and offers up resources, including the be straw free table tent that you can download and print for use at restaurants.
Fast forward 7 years and we see a giant wave forming - a wave that is in favor of marine mammals, a clean planet, and the overall health of the lifeline of this beautiful planet - our One World Ocean. People are the power and by making the jump to going strawless you can help save our ocean by directly impacting supply and demand. Jump on the strawless summer save the wave campaign by #goingstrawless with Ocean Blue Project today!
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By Karisa Boyce
Located right on Long Beach, a unique peninsula formed by the Columbia River, Adrift Hotel + Spa offers a sustainable and luxurious stay for all their guests. Winners of Washington Lodging Association’s Good Earthkeeping Award, this hotel has adopted a section of the beach and does their best to make sure their hotel is running as sustainably as possible. Not only have the staff sponsored Ocean Blue Project through the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018, they have gone above and beyond to offer a free 3 night stay as a special promotion through Ocean Blue.
Ashore Hotel is Ocean Blue Project’s sole hotel sponsor for the Seaside Beach cleanup during the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018, set for April 14, 2018. Ashore Hotel is under the same management as Adrift Hotel + Spa, located in Long Beach, Washington, who has been recognized as one of the most sustainable hotels in Washington. Each room is uniquely decorated and comes with the old-fashioned metal keys that Ocean Blue appreciates over the more disposable plastic key cards.
If you are planning to stay at the Gearheart Ocean Inn, located less than 3 miles north of Seaside, you will find yourself in a beautifully restored boutique property in one of 12 attached cottages. Sustainability practices at Gearheart Ocean Inn include the encouragement of guests to limit water usage, and they recycle partially used soaps through Clean the World in Florida that makes new soaps and distributes the new products to people experiencing homelessness. They also support Ocean Blue Project beach cleanups through the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018.
Powder Creek Ranch is over 360 acres nestled into a valley in the heart of the Oregon Coast Range. Surrounded by forest on three sides with the Nestucca River running for a half mile on one side, this sweet bed and breakfast also serves as a sort of wildlife refuge. With friendly visits from deer in the backyard for over 40 years, a resident herd of elk, and wild geese and ducks on the ponds, outdoor recreation abounds at Powder Creek Ranch. The staff pride themselves in making each guest feel at home, complete with home-cooked meals that meet every guest’s dietary needs. Powder Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast’s sustainability is shown through their support of Ocean Blue beach cleanups, providing wildlife with safe habitat, and their meals consist of fresh home grown foods and canned preserves.
Located at the famous site where William Clark carved his name and date into a tree marking the end of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Chautauqua Lodge is a proud supporter of Ocean Blue’s National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018. They recycle glass, metal cans, and paper/cardboard from the guests in their 120 rooms and replace all light bulbs that go out with LED bulbs. Management of Chautauqua Lodge is also in the process of replacing all toilets with water saving versions.
This breathtaking retreat is located in a Marine Protected area and Shorebird Conservation Area just 8 miles south of Yachats in Oregon. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, four rustic suites and a cozy cabin are situated on an ocean bluff. Ocean Haven has a respect for the fragile nature of marine habitats and they “place an emphasis on sustainable practices before profitability”. That is why the staff is dedicated to environmentally friendly practices. They limit the use of lighting and water usage while avoiding the use of pesticides and herbicides altogether, and have created a lifestyle that integrates cleaning plastic from beaches into daily life.
The owners put their employees first and keep them working all year round at this family friendly get-away. As tourism slows down in the winter for the Cannon Beach area of the Oregon coast, many employees experience layoffs, but not at The Blue Gull Inn! The owners at The Blue Gull Inn and The Inn at Haystack Rock, also in Cannon Beach, are supporters of the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018 too.
The Sylvia Hotel is one of Ocean Blue’s earliest beach cleanup supporters. The hotel offers magically themed rooms that make your stay at on the Oregon coast even more of an adventure. They are located very close to the famous Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon, home of Oregon Ocean Day and Oregon’s World Oceans Day celebration.
As a landmark of Manzanita for over 70 years, Spindrift Inn is the perfect getaway if you are planning a peaceful retreat to Manzanita, Oregon. Another proud supporter of Ocean Blue’s beach cleanups, Spindrift also encourages guests to limit linen use to lower water consumption.
The owner of The Cottage at Otter Rock is an environmentalist who brings back plastic from the beach after every visit. Offering her family home for special guests, this healing cottage is well insulated and located near a marine preserve. Guests bring their own linens, cutting down on energy and water usage. The Cottage at Otter Rock is another proud supporter of the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018.
Volunteer's Help Save Oregon Beaches
7.07.2018 - Long Beach Long Beach, WA
Thank you like minded beach cleanup sponsors:
Adrift Hotel and Spa
Powder Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Alaskan Brewing Company
Gearhart Ocean Inn
Block 15 “People's Pint”
Blue Gull Inn
The Cottage at Otter Rock
Hopworks Urban Brewery
King Tides of Oregon Storm Watching 2018
Author Karisa Boyce
As a graduate of 2017 in Bio-cultural Anthropology with a Certificate in Medical Humanities, she places her efforts as a grant writer for education and outreach for Ocean Blue's’ eighteen established state chapters and growing. She strives to diversify education for Ocean Blue’'s Board and partnerships while working on issues that directly impact the lives and health of people, because environmental justice cannot be achieved without social justice.
The Clothing We Choose Affects the World’s Water: An Interview with Owner of Faeries Dance | Green Tree Organic
by Karisa Boyce
Ocean Blue an Oregon ocean nonprofit, is concerned about the impact of the textile industry on our natural water resources, specifically the clothes we all wear and wash everyday. Faeries Dance is a socially responsible company that offers clothing made of environmentally sensitive fabrics and low-impact dyes. The CEO of Faeries Dance, Adrienne Catone, was happy to discuss what makes Faeries Dance threads the best option for the planet’s waterways.
Founder of Ocean Blue Project, Richard Arterbury, is concerned with the presence of chemicals and unnatural clothing fibers in our waterways. He explained how our clothing impacts our waterways, both the manufacturing and the maintenance that happens after we start wearing them.
When two environmentally friendly organization leaders join forces, or even just get together to chat about sustainability and clothing, the conversation can be quite revealing.
Richard: We really like that you offer people sustainable clothing that has the health of workers in mind as well as being environmentally friendly. Can you tell me a little bit about what makes your clothing environmentally friendly?
Adrienne: Well, there are four important pieces that we factor in when determining whether or not a piece of clothing is eco-friendly:
1. We source fabrics with no or minimal pesticide usage and minimal or closed-loop processing. For example, organically grown cotton instead of conventional cotton - which is the highest pesticide/insecticide sprayed crop on the planet.
2. We source clothing that has been at least low-impact dyed. Some items are undyed or clay-dyed, but we avoid items that have been conventionally dyed with harsh chemicals such as azo dyes. You can read about dyes on our blog.
3. All of our clothing has no chemical finishing agents. Most conventional clothing is finished with a chemical soup to make them wrinkle less, stand up better to the dryer, resist fire, etc. While these chemicals do have some benefits for the clothing, we don't believe the benefits are worth the environmental degradation or the potential health risks to both the wearer and the factory workers.
4. Finally, we are meticulous in our verification that no sweatshop or child labor is ever used in any of the items we carry. Most of them are Fair Trade Certified, though we do carry some brands that work with smaller factories that cannot afford the certifications. In those cases, the manufacturers physically go to the factories on a regular basis and verify the working conditions personally. While we buy most of our clothing from manufacturers that wholesale, we do also manufacture our own line of underwear. All of our underwear are designed, cut and sewn in Oregon from Global Organic Textile Certified (GOTS) fabric imported from a family-owned shop in India.
Richard: It sounds like you have really done your research which makes me glad that you have dedicated your work to sharing this knowledge with the world. Which fabrics do you think leave the lightest footprint on our waterways?
Adrienne: Anything grown without pesticides that also has minimal processing waste would end up being the best option all around. We’ve done an assessment of eco-friendly fabrics, and essentially, the higher on the list you purchase, the better it will be for our waterways.
Richard: Pesticides wash into waterways that make their way to the ocean and that’s not good for wildlife or people that get our drinking water from those waterways. It is good to know how fabrics are being processed so we can make better choices for people and wildlife.
A solution from our perspective is most of our waterways have been impeded so greatly that native plants and native trees are no longer protecting our rivers. Today the world is making better choices, but pollutants are now present in sediments that got put there from many years ago. I would like to know more about other ways clothing is processed. How does closed-loop processing help the world’s ocean?
Adrienne: Most fabric production does have some waste products. A closed-loop processing system captures the production waste and recycles it for reuse in the next round of fabric production. Companies like Lenzing, who make both Tencel® and Modal® have achieved near 100% waste recycling. So there’s no waste or runoff at all into waterways or oceans. Closed-loop production is really the future of fashion.
Richard: Those are the kind of solutions we like to hear about. Clothing dyes also impact waterways and the ocean. So, can you tell me more about what you have found about those impacts?
Adrienne: As I mentioned before, conventional dyes can have really harsh, and in some cases, carcinogenic chemicals. Unfortunately, the dyeing process creates a lot of waste. The single biggest improvement of low-impact dyes over conventional dyes is the enormous reduction in waste output.
Richard: It is deeply concerning that fibers from plastic based clothing come off in the wash and end up making their way through water treatment plants, eventually flowing into waterways to the world’s ocean. These plastic fibers are also found in our drinking water. Would you say it’s better to have plastics go to a landfill than to be made into products that will end up in the ocean?
Adrienne: Actually, a huge portion of non-recycled plastic do end up in our oceans. So RePET fibers keep a lot of plastic out of the ocean rather than just out of landfill. So I guess the question would be is it better to have a lot of plastic in the ocean (a lot being defined as an entire garments worth) or a little plastic in our waterways (a little being defined as the small amount of the garment that leeches away during the wash)?
Richard: What’s worse? Is it a large piece that gets churned over time, or the piece that’s microscopic that we can’t see? The answers to these questions may be filled in over time by researchers, but until then we can keep cleaning it up and your company can keep making our footprint as light as possible like you have been doing. One thing that I really love about Faeries Dance is that you are offering solutions for a One World Ocean.
Read more about Faeries Dance and find our how you can support an eco-fashion boutique specializing in organic and natural clothing, bras and intimate wear for the whole family.
How Boxed Water is Saving the one world by supporting local nonprofits by Planting Trees and beach cleanups
By Sammy Longriver
It started with the simple idea of creating a new packaged water brand that is kinder to the planet and gives.
Boxed Water is Better Because...
Sustainability matters. We want to change the way water is packaged and enjoyed.
1. We are the first national company to offer an alternative to plastic water bottles.
2. We obsess over providing the purest water in the most sustainable way.
3. We help the planet: planting trees, cleaning beaches, and more.
4. We are optimistic. We believe a small change can make a big impact.
5. We cleanup beaches nationally with Ocean Blue Project.
Sustainable by Design
Roughly three-quarters of each of our boxes is made of paper, fully recyclable and free of BPAs and phthalates. Our paper comes from well-managed forests which are continually being replanted to replace harvested trees, helping offset our carbon footprint and allowing us all to breathe easier.
Boxed Water is a member of 1% for the Planet in partnership with the National Forest Foundation. Together, we’re working to protect the planet by planting a million trees within five years. Since 2015, we’ve been partnering with the National Forest Foundation to plant trees in National Forests through our 1% For the Planet membership. To date, we've planted over 612,000 trees. Take a picture, spread the word. Make an Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook post featuring Boxed Water using the #ReTree hashtag and we’ll plant two trees on your behalf.
Boxed water is better
Volunteer with Ocean Blue and Boxed Water at the next beach cleanup event.
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by Karisa Boyce
Ocean Blue News is dedicated to raising awareness about the natural environment. We don’t often talk about why we do what we do, but lately we’ve been receiving a lot of questions. When people discover that we are running a nonprofit organization that gives back to the World’s Ocean they get really inspired and wonder where our motivation comes from.
Our passion ripples out from the founder and director of Ocean Blue, Richard Arterbury. He states, “I often feel overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of trying to obtain funding and I feel wealthy knowing that we get to support wildlife, preserve land, and clean beaches. What we do comes from the heart.” If you’ve met Richard in person, then you probably heard all about Ocean Blue and what we’re doing for streams, rivers, and the ocean. His enthusiasm never quits. You’ve also probably wondered...
How can one person be so alive with such motivation?
Richard has more inspiration about the ocean than anyone I have ever met. He carries a love for nature that runs deep in his blood. A passion that has kept him working 18 hour days for the past six years. As a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Richard is motivated by something that he feels deeply. So deep, in fact, that he is unable to identify a single moment in his life, a turning point, or an epiphany that is often behind the reason why people give up everything for the environment.
Born in Marshall Texas in 1973, Richard grew up as a young boy with his father passing on to him the long history of his ancestors. He was surrounded by wisdom of values handed down four generations from his Great Grandmother.
The photo below is a photo of his Great Grandmother. The original painting is located in The Museum of Regional History (originally the Texarkana Historical Museum).
Richard’s father taught him how to grow food from the land and he remembers asking for canned food with a fancy label on it because he wanted something different from what he knew. His father also taught him how to hunt, but refused to kill a deer because there was plenty of food in the freezer.
Richard’s fondest memories of his father are of him holding honey bees. “He used to stand there holding a honey bee, laughing.” The bees were his friends and he always said that we have to take care of the bees because they take care of us. This friendship with nature is innate for Richard, and he is driven by the idea that the next generation can have this connection with nature too.
Richard has gratitude that he is able to pass these values on to his children, including Fleet Arterbury, who first created the vision for Ocean Blue. Fleet knew the ocean made his dad happy. At 8 years old, Fleet came to Richard encouraging him to do a beach cleanup. In 2012, the story of Ocean Blue began on World Ocean Day at Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon with the help of The Ocean Project.
Today, Richard believes that it is his duty to inspire everyone around him, guide interns to be leaders, and teach youth to be environmental stewards. His easiest task is to share the beauty of the world around us through his photography and through teaching by example about the power of connecting with nature.
Being outdoors can be a commitment for some, but multitasking can make it easy. Environmental stewardship can become second nature through a slight shift in lifestyle. And if we all make small changes, this lifestyle shift can become a paradigm shift. We would love to see Ocean Blue volunteers plan their vacations or weekend getaways and simply spend 3 hours out of a 72 hour weekend working with Ocean Blue.
If you are unable to make it out to events due to health or working so many hours, I would like to mention that this is what we do everyday and donating to a beach cleanup, even just one dollar, can make a huge impact!
If you are unable to make it out to events due to health or working so many hours, I would like to mention that this is what we do everyday and donating to a beach cleanup, even just one dollar, can make a huge impact!
The best ways you can give back is to donate, or by making a pledge to pick up 2 pieces of trash every day is just one more way to take part in saving the World’s Ocean! Working with thousands of volunteers, we have proven that planting trees, cleaning beaches, enhancing natural habitat, and allocating the funding needed to do so is overall quite simple and effective for communities and wildlife.
We don’t tell people how to live their lives. We are only sharing values from our heritage that means so much to us. Through Ocean Blue Project, Richard hopes to revitalize the part of his culture that embodies a respect for the land. We are sharing a shared belief of values. It’s what we do and Ocean Blue is here to stay. We hope you’ll join us!
Richard states, “We all have so much opportunity and as we search for new opportunity, I'm here to share with everyone that it's our time today not to take the opportunities we already have for granted. At Ocean Blue, we are committed to healing ourselves and others by standing to protect the environment because we understand that we are in the footsteps of an environmental revolution.” Read more about how natives protect our land.
Photo: Joseph Fletcher
About 1,000 demonstrators formed a giant heart on Ocean Beach Saturday as a response for far-right rallies planned in the Bay Area.
Photo: Stefan Ruenzel
Thousands of protesters gathered on San Francisco's Ocean Beach on Saturday, using their bodies to send a political message.
To spectators on the beach, the purpose of the protest may have seemed unclear. But from the sky, there was no question. Thousands of people spelled out "RESIST!!" on the sand.
Watch the video in the SF newspaper article:
Are our tides changing?
On August 11th 2017 something really strange is currently happening as waters recede ahead of a possible tsunami, However no signs of large quakes and tsunamis, weather specialists believe that offshore storms and wind direction may also cause this Phenomenon. For example for Punta del Este in Uruguay, when there are storms with a south wind, the waters rise and hit the rambla. In contrast when the storms are accompaied by a north wind, the water recedes.
Well it seems that this water disappearance hasn’t found an end now. On August 13, 2017, the same phenomenon was observed in the city of Caraguatatuba, Brazil:
This gives a wild experience and a little alarming to watch the ocean disappearing right before your eyes, and everyone that the confusing that happens. Many are running for their life, as others are filming this with confusion. I have also read that the ocean is heating up and this may happen often and not sure if we will every understand this mysterious or disaster?
I looked over many articles and did not hear anything about fish or other animals being affected by the ocean residing. Read More:
If you would like to give back to the Ocean or an River, Ocean Blue Project: