Category Archive: EcoloBlue Guest Post

Mar 01

The Herbal Chef: Cannabis Infused Fine Dining

This is an event that EcoloBlue attended in conjunction with the Cannabis Business Expo in July ’16 in Tacoma. We wanted to support what Chris Sayegh was doing, as we all exist in the world of sustainability, and he is now one of our Dealers.

Feb 02

Prepare For The Spring With Just The Right Product

Not only has the new year begun, but the next seasonal change is coming soon as well. That’s right, and it’s only a matter of time until Spring comes knocking at our doors. Now there are indeed several ways to prepare for such a season, but what is the right way? You have to think about all the products that you may or may not need come this spring season.

Just thinking about all the preparations and precautions you have to go through can be a mind ringer. You always want to make sure you have the right products. Getting something that might not provide you with the satisfaction you desire isn’t good. I know of an excellent product that would be perfect for you in a number of ways. So with that being said, check out all the information I have for you below.

Obtain The Purest Water Possible

One of the most important ways for people to stay hydrated is by drinking water. So finding the perfect way for you to enjoy some nice and pure water is a must. So, it sounds to me like you need your very own EcoloBlue 30 Standard Appliance.

Read more: http://kellysthoughtsonthings.com/prepare-for-the-spring-with-just-the-right-product/

May 23

Going Green on Campus

How Colleges and Their Students Are Boosting Sustainability

As we face an expanding population, climate change, and polluted air, water and food, there is growing consensus that we need to change the way we do things in all sectors of our society if we are to provide for today’s needs without sacrificing the well-being of future generations. Of course, we don’t have all the answers yet, which creates enormous opportunities for college students to make a difference and create a meaningful lifestyle — even career — in the process. Luckily, innovative solutions — the seeds of our sustainable future — are sprouting on college and university campuses around the country. The ideas and resources here highlight ways students can become environmental leaders and campuses can cultivate a greener, happier and healthier world.

What’s Your Environmental Quotient?

READ MORE HERE

May 19

Reef Rescue: 5 Things you can do to Protect Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are commonly referred to as the ocean’s rainforest. They are complex ecosystems, biologically rich and unique plants that need to be taken care of. However, coral reefs face a lot of dangers ranging from unaware tourists, diseases, pollution and invasive species. A decline in the levels of coral reefs has negative economic impacts and can destabilize the ecology. They are useful in carbon dioxide control in the ocean thus they play a critical role in the food chain.

The Great Barrier Reef

This is the biggest coral reef system in the world. It is composed of coral polyps and supports large life diversity. However, its thorn starfish poses a great danger to coral reefs and efforts have since been implemented to manage the thorn starfish in marine parks. You can find out more about the Great Barrier Reef, its thorn starfish and coral reefs by taking part in a tour. In this light, it is important for you to learn some techniques to implement in order to ensure that coral reefs are protected. Here are 5 things you should consider:

1. Practice responsible tourism

It is evident that most coral reefs are destroyed by tourists. This occurs when you run your speed boats on coral reefs causing serious damages. It is important to practice proper vessel management and consider finding out the exact coral reefs’ locations to avoid striking them with your vessel. It is also advisable that you do not fish near coral reefs. This is due to the fact that if the coral reefs come into contact with the fishing nets or the anchors, they may suffer damages or even die.

2. Avoid littering the ocean or the beach

Leaving litter on the beach and throwing garbage inside the ocean can harm the coral reefs. If garbage and other forms of dirt contact coral reefs, they tend to smother them. This is because coral reefs are similar to any other living organism and they are not just shells. They are alive making them susceptible to harm. It is prudent to consider taking part in beach clean-ups and assist in picking litter and garbage left by other people on the beach.

3. Do not buy coral souvenirs

Some countries are against the selling of coral reefs. However, other countries have no strict rules on this trade and you may find souvenirs and jewellery made from coral reefs. Consider not buying such items for you will be promoting the trade. Coral reefs take long to grow meaning that a single jewellery from corals can take so long to grow again. In addition, you should not buy coral reef fish as well. It is always advisable to consider inquiring about fish before buying them from pet stores.

4. Oppose global warming

Global warming indirectly causes harm to corals. This is due to the fact that coral reefs are extremely sensitive to increasing water temperatures. Minimising carbon footprints plays an important role in stopping global warming. Just a single degree increase in water temperature significantly damages coral reefs. Coral bleaching indicate possible coral reef damage. Warm oceanic temperatures tend to spur algae growth directly affecting coral reefs since algae block sunlight necessary for coral thriving. In addition, warm oceans tend to have an increased carbon dioxide level which ends up affecting coral reefs’ growth.

5. Spread the word

Most people damage coral reefs unknowingly. You should make it your responsibility to educate others about coral reefs and how fragile they can become. You can do so by becoming a member of a non-profit organization that is devoted to coral reef protection. Such organizations offer detailed information about coral reefs and why it is important to protect them on their websites. Additionally, you can sign numerous pledges that are against the use of coral reefs as jewellery.

Coral reefs inhabit both subtropical and tropical oceans. In most cases, you will find them at depths not exceeding 150ft. However, some species may extend deeper to approximately 450ft deep. They are important living organisms that play an important role in oceanic life. In this case, it is prudent to protect coral reefs by all means possible.

Guest Post by Bill Gordon

Apr 13

How ocean pollution affects humans

Even though some people may believe that ocean pollution does not affect them, these people are very wrong. Whether you live directly on the coast or hundreds of miles away from a beach, ocean pollution affects everyone.

The ocean is one of the largest, abundant and diverse ecosystems on the planet, which provides over 70% of the oxygen that we breathe and over 97% of the world’s water supply without it, we would not exist.

However, everyday the ocean is being attacked by manmade and natural pollution, which is bringing it to the point of disaster.

Plastic is one of the largest factors of ocean pollution. Did you know that over 8 million tons of plastic is being deliberately dumped into the ocean every year? Even though these off shore waste areas are hundreds of miles away from the beach, plastic still manages to end up on our beaches and coastlines, destroying marine life and their habitats in its wake.

If you would like to learn more about ocean pollution and how it affects marine life as well as life on earth, take a look at the fascinating infographic, created by the team at divein.com

Dec 15

The Importance of our Oceans

The world’s global ocean is extremely important to life on earth. Not only does the global ocean take up 71% of the planet’s surface, it is also the largest ecosystem on earth. Our whole lives rely on the health and success of the oceans. Over half of the air that we breathe is produced by the oceans as well as over 96% of our water supply comes from this huge body of water. Not only can we thank the ocean for the air we breathe and the water we drink, we can also thank the ocean for creating nearly a sixth of the protein that we eat.

The oceans are extremely important when climate change is concerned, as they can absorb a huge amount of carbon dioxide from the environment. If it wasn’t for the oceans, the impact of climate change would be extremely detrimental to life on earth.

The ocean is also a source for some incredible and life changing medicines which can help combat cancer, help with pain relief and have extremely high anti-bacterial properties. The oceans are our life line and without them, we would not exist. Did you know that ocean-based businesses have injected nearly $500 Billion into the world’s economy?

If you would like to learn more about the oceans and what lies beneath the surface, then take a look at the infographic below which was created by divein.com. These 50 fascinating will shock you and will certainly leave you wanting more…

50-fascinating-facts-about-the-ocean

Guest Post by Torben Lonne – Chief-editor at DIVE.in
Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand – and dived most of his life in most of the world.

Nov 25

Water Conservation via a Water Bottle Garden

                                                           A Successfully grown bottle garden.

A Successfully grown bottle garden.

Water is a renewable resource which is also priceless in nature. However, it has been polluted, wasted, and is taken for granted. There is a popular tale told in the Eastern Continents about a king and a glass of water. There was this King who got lost in a desert. He got separated from his escort, and was doing poorly when he finally found a hut. He called on the person living there and told him to bow to him and help him, as he was his King. The person could discern this as well, but refused to bow down. A long argument ensued, a part which goes thus:

The person asked the King, “If you were dying of thirst, with no one around and half a glass of water could save you, what would you give in thanks?

“I would give the person half my Kingdom”, said the King.

The person asked again, “And if you were dying of a bladder disease, where no one could help you and a person gives you half a glass of water which cures your disease, then would he get the same reward?

“Yes”, the King replied.

“Then would you want me to bow down to someone, who would give away his Kingdom for a glass of water?”

The thing is that, in real, we would give all our possessions for a glass of water, if we were to be deprived of it for, say, even a week. So, conserving this essential commodity is very important. And if you are a person who lives where water is scarce, then gardening is pretty much out of the question.

However, there is a new method of gardening which has been proved viable, which uses very minute quantities of water. This technique may have been used successfully before, but in the scientific circles, it was popularized by Willem Van Cotthem, who is a Professor from University of Ghent (Belgium).

His basic design uses any 1.5 l plastic bottles stacked together one on top of the other, half filled with soil. These make a vertical tower which then requires very little water for growing vegetables and herbs. It can be made using the following steps:

 

  1. Take a 1.5l empty plastic bottle and remove its bottom. The cap will remain intact. Drill two drainage holes near the cap. Fill it up with soil and place it upside down. This will be the bottom of the tower.
  2. Take another bottle; unscrew its cap and cut off the bottom. Fill it with soil and place it upside down in the first bottle.
  3. Repeat step 2 for 2-3 bottles to make a tower.
  4. The last bottle will be empty. Now, take another bottle, drill a hole in its cap and cut off the bottom and place it upside down in the topmost bottle. This will make your water reservoir when watering the system.
  5. The last step is cutting small flaps in the bottles containing the soil and planting either seeds or young plants.

 

You are pretty much set to go. You can even place this close to your window sill, if you live in an apartment and do not have outside space. It will grow and work anywhere, if it gets 6 hours of sunlight. For best results we recommend quality seeds, which can be gotten in a deal from Groupon and various other sites. However, the real benefit, as was mentioned earlier, is that it consumes very little water. The system is designed to be closed. The water drips from the top bottle and goes through successive compartment and eventually to the bottom. There is no direct surface evaporation from soil, so the soil remains moist, making it easier for the plants to utilize the water. There is also no water runoff, and hence, water is conserved. Professor Willem originally designed this to combat nutritional imbalance in deserts or areas affected by desertification; and to make food available to the poor communities in the developing world.

We believe in conserving water for our future generations, fighting desertification and nutritional imbalances. You can help as well, by doing the little that is in your power. A small action done by a million people can make a difference that is profound and change how the world works.

Guest Post by Frank Lee @ artfulclub.com

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