clean oceans…
one step at a time

Save Oceans

Our oceans are a vital part of a healthy eco-system, and every little step we take towards a greener lifestyle is a step toward cleaner oceans. We’ve put together a top-ten list of things you can do to help keep our oceans cleaner and our earth greener.

  1. Vote
    Contact your representatives from local to national levels and let them know how important good ocean policy is to you. Exercise your right to vote and stay involved all year long.
  2. Eat sustainable seafood
    Keep up to date on sustainable seafood (there’s an app for that!) and ask questions at restaurants and the fish market. Look for terms like “line caught”, “diver caught”, “sustainably caught” or “sustainably harvested”.
  3. Reduce plastic throw-aways
    Plastic debris in the ocean degrades marine habitats, and because floating debris often resembles food, it can cause choking or malnutrition in marine birds, sea turtles and marine mammals. Switch to reusable plastics, give up the plastic grocery bags and keep plastics out of the waste stream.
  4. Pick up trash
    That plastic debris comes from somewhere, and most of it washes into the ocean as litter from beaches or upstream in rivers. If you spend a day at the shore, or along the banks, bring along a trash bag and contribute to the clean-up efforts.
  5. Reduce energy use
    Carbon dioxide has a negative impact on our oceans, making them more acidic, reducing coral growth and more. Take steps to reduce your carbon footprint.
  6. Handle with care
    Don’t toss hazardous materials into the trash. Things like motor oil, batteries and other hazardous waste need to be disposed of properly to avoid polluting the waterways.
  7. Fertilize less
    Fertilizers are picked up by rain water and carried downstream, eventually finding their way into the ocean, resulting in areas of low oxygen levels in the water. Reduce your fertilizer use, and switch to more environmentally friendly fertilizer choices (like compost).
  8. Buy ocean friendly
    Choose sustainable products – they’re good for the entire eco-system, including our oceans. Using your consumer power is one sure way to have big impact on global practices.
  9. Tell a friend
    Spread the word, the more people who are doing the same things, the greater the positive impact will be.
  10. Join an ocean-focused organization
    Oceana is the largest international organization focused 100% on ocean conservation. Also look to local groups like the Waterkeeper Alliance.

break out of the mold…
avoiding cookie cutter design

 

Rules, they’re meant to be broken. And when it comes to home décor, we’re all about making it personal and individual, not about following a set of strict rules to create cookie-cutter design. All of that said, there are a few things we think of as sort of unbreakable rules, or strict guidelines. You can safely follow this list of things not to do and still hold onto your individuality, and have great design as well! Continue reading

ecotourism…
get the basics of this hot new trend

Eco Tour

Summer vacation is upon us. It’s a time when many families are head to the beach to beat the heat. Summer is a time for cookouts and campouts and lazy days in a hammock in the shade. But what if you want a little more adventure? Sure, you could take a trip just about anywhere. Summer is also a busy time for all the hot tourist destinations. How about something a little off the beaten path? Something a little more green? Continue reading

welcome!

Happy Earth Month! And welcome to our brand new blog!

Go Green SignAt bambeco, we were so excited about Earth Day, and the Billion Acts of Green, that we just couldn’t contain it to one day, or even just one week, so we’ve been celebrating for the entire month of April. We’re extra excited because Earth Day also marks our third anniversary!

This is also our Lifestyle category, where you’ll find posts about green activities, events, people and places.
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