The Beach Boys Wouldn’t Stand For This

March 20, 2012

Can you remember the last time you were at the beach? You were probably with a bunch of friends, it was a beautiful day, the water was just the right temperature to cool you down and if you went to a beach in New Jersey it was probably over crowded. One thing you probably do not recall immediately, was the litter on the beach, but I can guarantee it was there. A lot of the litter was probably plastic water bottles and plastic bags that people brought their lunches in.


An abundance of people do not think about the consequences of bring these items to the beach. Numerous beaches have a take in, take out policy, it is not regularly followed though it is strictly enforced.  According to Discover News, there is 315 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean right now.

If this alarms you, there is something that you can do. Clean Ocean Action is holding it’s annual Beach Sweep on April 21, 2012 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. This will be held at 73 different beaches in New Jersey.This is a way that you can make a visible difference by getting involved in your local community. This will be a rewarding and great bonding experience. You will get to know your neighbors, at a location that is loved by all, your local beach.

Don’t forget that Stokefest is also on April 21, 2012! You can get involved with Asbury Park’s two beach clean ups before participating in all the excitement of Stokefest at 8 pm at the Stone Pony.

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5 Ways to Remember to Use your Reusable Bags

March 20, 2012


If your schedule is anything like mine, it seems like each day is just one “to-do list” after another.  This makes it easy to forget even the most simple of tasks, which can include forgetting to bring your reusable bag on your next shopping trip.

Images of plastic bags floating in our oceans or in the mouth of a poor sea turtle are virtually everywhere and most people would admit that they know plastic bags are harmful to the environment.  The problem with these plastic bags is that they do not biodegrade; so once they are made, they are in the environment forever.

Many organizations, including Surfrider, are trying to raise public awareness to reduce plastic bag usage in our daily lives.  You can help by buying or making your own reusable bags and using these bags whenever you go shopping.  The only problem – remembering the reusable bags when you leave your house!

5 Tips for Remembering Your Reusable Bags

1.  Write on the top of your Grocery list “Remember Reusable Bags!” before you even write down a single grocery item.  This way, when you grab your list you will remember to grab your reusable bag on your way out the door.

2.  Keep your reusable bags by your front door so that they are visible on your way out of the house.

3.  Keep your reusable bags in the trunk of your car so that they are always with you whenever you leave the house.

4.  If you did not bring your reusable bags into the grocery store, simply put your groceries back into your cart after checking out   and pack them at your car with your reusable bags!

5.  Buy or make reusable bags that are compactable.  That way you can store them in your purse for those small shopping trips!

If you have any other ideas or suggestions for remembering your reusable bags, please add them to the comments section.

How to Choose the Best Seafood in New Jersey

March 20, 2012

Like many people who live in New Jersey, I love seafood.  But I frequently wonder if I am buying the best seafood, both for my personal health and for the health of the world’s oceans.

Fisheries around the world are collapsing.  In order to ensure that fish stocks are available for future generations, we need to change how we view seafood.  Not all seafood is created equally – certain species of fish and methods of capture and farming are better choices depending on where you live.

Better practices can create healthy, abundant oceans for everyone.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a program called Seafood Watchwhich helps people make seafood decisions that are beneficial to themselves and the environment.

Seafood Watch provides information on which seafood to buy or avoid.  They separate seafood into Best Choices, Good Alternatives and Avoid – it is important to note that the method of capture or farming is incorporated into these choices.  Seafood Watch provides printable pocket guides for your region to help you choose seafood wherever you live or travel.  The program also has an app called “Seafood Watch” which provides smart-phone users with the most up-to-date seafood recommendations.

When buying seafood in the grocery store or ordering seafood at restaurants….

1.  Remember your pocket guide or use your app to check if the seafood you want to buy is the best choice.

2.  Look closely at labels to find where the seafood was caught or raised – this is important in choosing the best seafood.

3.  If there is no information on the label, ask the workers at the grocery store or your waiter at a restaurant – they can provide you with more information.

If you follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guides, you can make better choices which will help the health of our oceans as well as ensure you are eating the best quality seafood.  If you have any further suggestions on healthy seafood consumption, please add them to the comments section.

Join The Fight Against Plastic Pollution!

March 20, 2012

**CLEARS MY ENTRY WHEN I SUBMIT WITH PICTURES AND LINKS, I DON’T KNOW WHY**

It seems almost impossible to end your day, go home, and not have brought a plastic bag with you.  Whether it is from the newspaper, or your morning bagel, or the quick stop at the supermarket on your way home, a plastic bag always seems to find its way in there.  So what’s the big deal?  According to EnviroSax, the United States uses over 380 million plastic bags a year.  To put things in perspective, that’s over 1,200 plastic bags per U.S. resident, every year!

The problem, however, lies in where all these plastic bags end up.  Only 1 to 2% of plastic bags in the U.S. end up getting recycled.  This leaves millions upon millions to end up in landfills, streets, and waters.  Plastic pollution in oceans has been a growing problem for years.  They pollute our beaches and cause more than 1 million birds to die each year.  That number doesn’t even factor in the thousands of marine animals that are also affected.

So what can you do?  You can join the fight against plastic pollution!  Be more aware when out shopping.  Decline plastic bags, and bring your own reusable bags.  Don’t have any?  Get one here!  Try writing a reminder to yourself on your shopping list so you don’t forget your reusable bags at home.  You can also put a small sticker on the bottom corner of your driver’s side window, so when you open your car you’ll be reminded to bring your bags with you!  Feeling like you want to do even more?  Join a coastal beach clean up!  Help keep our beaches clean and safe for yourself and animals.

Be proactive, join the fight against plastic pollution!

Plastic Beaches

March 20, 2012

Plastic bags have become the standard of how many consumers shop and take home their items throughout much of America. As we know plastic bags are extremely harmful to the environment, and with no way of truly recycling these bags it creates waste that can sometimes end up in locations that we value, such as our beaches. Plastic bags can hurt ocean wildlife and create an annoying burden on those beach goers who are surrounded by plastic waste while trying to enjoy their day off of vacation.

There needs to be new options for vacationeers to bring their items to the beach without  the possibility of leaving the harmful plastic bags that litter beaches like the one shown above. Reusable shopping bags have slowly started to become more and more attractive to those people who are becoming environmentally aware. You can purchase numerous different kinds of reusable bags at your local stores, make your own bag or even purchase custom reusable bags that show your interests at customgrocercybags.com. Many other companies are now taking the initiate to try and end plastics bags themselves such as Terracycle, that with our garbage make different products made out of waste.

With numerous different options now presently available, there needs to be a more conscious switch from plastic bags to a new alternative that is healthy for our environment. You can easily go out an make a personal change yourself to help the movement progress!

“The Shore” at Asbury Park

March 20, 2012

Personally being from Florida, I am used to more quite beaches on the Gulf Coast of Mexico than in the Jersey Shore. In comparison to the Gulf, the shore holds all different types of entertainment that can not be found at any beach or shore in the United States. At Asbury Park you can walk the boardwalk which is full of shops for all ages, restaurants and bars for those who are of age. In my beach town in Naples, Florida we have no boardwalks or bars but simply white sand beaches. You can sometimes find yourself wondering why haunt they built different kinds of entertainment around the beach. You don’t need to search for different outlets at Asbury Park.

If you don’t want to spend your day laying in the sand, you don’t have to stray away from going down to the Asbury Park Boardwalk. You can find all different kinds of excitement and entertainment simply walking along the beach. One of my personal favorite attractions in Asbury Park is the Stone Pony. Both a bar and small music venue you can walk in any night and find local bands playing tunes. If your lucky on which night you choose you can even be presently surprised with a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen, who sometimes stops by to jam.

No matter who you are you can find something that will keep you coming back to Asbury Park. The shore, boardwalk and the Stone Pony Provide a youthful fun environment that any age group can take advantage of!!!

Who Wants some Plastic Soup?

March 20, 2012

Imagine you’re on a boat exploring the Pacific ocean.  Then all of a sudden you notice an Island in the water the size of Texas.  This is not a regular island though.  This island is made of plastic and trash about 30 feet deep into the water.  This not only exists, but there are two in existence in the Pacific ocean.  The are known to some as the “Pacific Plastic Trash Gyres“.  These gyres have trapped trash and plastic inside the Pacific ocean’s current.  The western garbage patch is a little north of Hawaii and the eastern garbage patch is located east of Japan.

Many are skeptical to the existence of these trash gyres because theycannot be seen from the surface.  The trash gyres are vortexes of densely compacted plastic that can mostly only be seen underwater.  When researchers have gone to look at the gyre they see vasts amounts of plastics and trash underwater.

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Most of the trash in the Pacific ocean gyres is plastic.  Since plastic is not biodegradable, it is broken up through the process of photo degradation.  Even when broken down the plastic molecules remain as plastics.  The large amount of plastic in the water is causing humans to eat their own plastic through a process called bioaccumulation.  First there is a large amount of plastic in the water.  Then plankton eat some of the plastic in the water.  That plankton gets eaten by some fish.  The food chain goes on a little longer until humans are eating fish that have large amounts of plastic in them.  Humans create 100% of the plastic that ends up inside the ocean.

Scientists have been able to notice the irregularity of chemicals in the ocean through lab tests.  Some of the plastic chemicals found in certain parts of the ocean are not found in the natural environment.  Now animals are accidentally consuming plastic derived chemicals that can potentially cause cancer in humans.  Humans have created a catastrophe in the ocean.  People have turned the ocean into a giant bowl of plastic soup that animals and humans are in fact eating.

On The Boardwalk, We’ll Be Havin’ Some Fun!

March 20, 2012

***ERASES MY ENTRY WHEN  I SAVE WITH PICTURES***

Interested in visiting some of New Jersey’s most popular boardwalks this summer?  You’ll find a pocket guidebook here to the biggest boardwalks of N.J.’s coast.

Asbury Park:  Although this boardwalk is in the process of a renovation, it is still open for business!  One mile long, it is home to new shops.  Eat anytime at the Tide’s Café or head over to Brielle’s Cycles for rentals and repairs.  Don’t forget to stop at the Mini-Golf and Asbury Amusement Factory for some fun in the arcade!  Perhaps the most popular attraction near-by, which cannot go without mention, is The Stone Pony.  Home to some of Asbury Park’s nightlife, feel free to stop by The Stone Pony and have a drink and see a show!

Atlantic City:  Best known for its casinos, the Atlantic City boardwalk still has 4 miles of much more to offer.  Steel Pier has amusement rides for both adults and children.  Various eateries and shops line the boardwalk as well.  Don’t forget to stop in Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum to see some usual sights and pick up a souvenir at one of the many shops on your way out!

Ocean City:  Ocean City’s boardwalk boosts 2.5 miles of fun!  Gillian’s Wonderland Pier has a 140-foot Ferris wheel with some of Ocean City’s best views.  Other rides include a roller coaster, bumper cars, miniature golf courses, and a log flume.  The Music Pier hosts exciting concerts and shows by some local artists as well as renowned musicians.  Don’t forget to grab some food at the Crab Trap restaurant before you leave!

Seaside Heights:  Perhaps now, one of the most well known beaches in American, Seaside Heights is home to a very lively mile long boardwalk!   Nightlife is among the best at the Jersey Shore, with the Bamboo Bar and Club XS.  Jenkinson’s Casino Pier has over 40 rides for both children and adults.  Don’t forget to visit the water park on the Casino Pier as well!  And if you have some time, you cannot possibly walk past Midway Cheese Steak without stopping for some mouth-watering delights!  And if you just want to relax and shop, Seaside has numerous clothing and accessory stores that line the boardwalk.  There’s something for everyone!

So what are you doing still reading this?!  Get down to the Jersey Shore and have some fun!!

“Nau” is the Time for New Clothing

March 20, 2012

The recycling bin is full. Never is a light or appliance left on when not being used. You have an array of reusable bags that you bring on your weekly shopping excursions. Even your compost soil out back is growing vibrant, delicious vegetables. What is there left to do then, in the stride to being a consciously green individual?

How about a new wardrobe of organic, sustainable clothing.

 Introducing Nau, (pronounced “now”) a chic, outdoor and urban clothing company that is entirely sustainable- everything from their products to their business is done in an eco-friendly way. Nau is a small company located in Portland, Oregon, where twenty unique individuals combine their daily passions, as well their desire to make the world more environmentally friendly to create a modern and hip clothing line.

We like to go outside. A lot of us ride bikes. We also ski, snowboard, climb, surf, run, make music, see music, take pictures, grow food, eat food, stay out late, have families, and have dogs who clack around and sleep at our feet”

         

“For us, sustainable fashion means timeless colors, smart design, eco-friendly materials and simple care. For you, it means style you’ll want to wear more than just one season”

Nau uses “natural, renewable fibers produced in a sustainable manner; synthetic fabrics that contain high recycled content; managed toxics in all product finishes and dyes; salvaged and recycled materials for retail fixtures”. Two percent of all Nau sales also go to a humanitarian or environmental partner for change which includes groups such as Ecotrust and Ashoka.

How much am I paying?

Although Nau clothing appears to be a dream come true for young, environmentally savvy individuals, it could break the bank for many people. Because of its sustainable nature, Nau clothing reflects the true cost of “developing, producing and distributing innovative, high-performance clothing.” For this reason, a shirt you could purchase at Target for $10.00 may be $90.00 at Nau. So at the end of the day, you may be purchasing clothing that  fits with your environmentally conscious life style, but it may have to come at a high price.

Want a FREE plastic bag?

March 20, 2012

…I hope you said “No”.

Although people are given free plastic bags on a daily basis, the true cost of these plastic bags from production to disposal, and in the rare cases of recycling, is truly overwhelming.

Now let me ask you another question – Do you want a plastic bag that is free to you but  costs California $25 million annually to landfill discarded plastic bags and public agencies more than $300 million annually in litter cleanup OR a reusable bag for a small one time cost that will save millions of dollars and help preserve nature?

If you chose a reusable bag, here are some of your awesome options!

60Bags naturally decompose approximately 60 days after being discarded, saving expensive recycling or disposing costs.

Show other shoppers and store owners that you’re a fighter in the war against plastic with Lovegrove & Repucci’s reusable bag.