What’s the ‘real’ cost of that lobster on your plate? Tips to avoid unsustainable seafood.

If you’re like me, you love seafood and probably won’t stop eating it anytime soon. But, do you really know where it comes from, and what kind of impact it has on the environment?

What if I told you that some of the lobster you eat could be causing irreversible damage to our ocean’s most threatened species? In this post you’ll find out some tips to avoid unsustainable seafood and how to use your wallet in a more environmentally conscious way.

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Recycled Plastic Islands: A New Concept of Urban Spaces?

Sea Going Green recently had the pleasure to interview Iris Overeem from the Recycled Island Foundation, a non-profit based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to discuss their efforts to solve the issue of plastic pollution!

Their “plastic traps” catch floating plastic and upcycle it to close the loop by making it into a floating island structure, which can also function as an urban space for biodiversity and also city dwellers!

Check out this week’s blog to find out more about what inspired this project, how it works and its ambitions to become a new urban solution!

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Impact Travel Alliance: A community where all tourism is sustainable

Imagine one day when you think of tourism, the first thing that comes to your mind is leaving behind a positive impact on the local community and environment when you leave. This is a world that we dream of, which is why Sea Going Green is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Impact Travel Alliance, which has built a community of passionate travelers and sustainability enthusiasts, who believe that all tourism should be sustainable!

Check out this week’s blog to hear more about the mission of the Impact Travel Alliance from founder, Kelley Louise! You can also read more about the efforts the non-profit is doing to make a difference and how you can join their chapter events, now being held in 20 cities worldwide!

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The Future of Underwater Technology: Interview with Joost Den Haan from PlanBlue

Sea Going Green is excited to announce its partnership with PlanBlue! Their smart technology can automatically analyze seafoors. It can for example visualize the health status of the seafloor making it easily understandable to policy makers, the general public, but also coastal managers. We at Sea Going Green can’t wait to start working together with PlanBlue on future projects to help the marine tourism industry to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue!

In this week’s blog, you’ll hear more about how the DiveRay works and the ways that the data gathered from it can help solve the biggest problems facing our oceans. Take a look at the inspiring work PlanBlue has done by getting an inside look at the motivation and future of this technology in our interview with CEO, Joost Den Haan.

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Ropeless Fishing? Charting a new course to sustainable fishing

Ropeless Fishing.

Certainly, those two words don’t belong next to one another, right? Well, I’m glad you’re wrong.

Australia started it, Canada followed suite, New Zealand wanted a piece of the action, and now the United States is interested. Fishers in these countries (and more) have begun one of the most significant changes in the age-old fishing profession. Check out this week’s blog to learn more about why this change is so significant and how it can help revolutionize the fishing industry.

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Red Tide: A turning point for Florida's beaches

When you think of Florida, what comes to your mind?

Do you imagine white sandy beaches and clear green-blue water with dolphins and manatees glittering the coastline? Most of the time this is what locals and tourists can expect, but unfortunately a rare but recurring phenomenon called “Red Tide” has been leaving beaches and surrounding sea life devastated.

If you’ve been following Sea Going Green’s social media lately, you’ve probably seen some coverage from the beach cleanup we planned on New Years Eve at Clearwater Beach. While most of our focus on the cleanup had to do with raising awareness on the effects of plastic pollution, we couldn’t help but notice that the abundance of “Red Tide” was just as much of a concern for locals and attendees as pollution. Therefore, I’d like to shed some light on this issue as well as what can be done in the future to limit its effects on marine life and the tourism industry.

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An inside look: the EU and Sustainable Tourism

Sea Going Green goes to Brussels!

This week’s blog provides insight on efforts by the EU to move towards sustainability in the tourism sector. Sea Going Green is happy to note positive steps are being taken in the right direction by the EU and its partners with plenty of room to grow!


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Leading by Example- Barcelona’s Plan for Climate Change

Despite recent news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change regarding the course we are on if we do not reduce CO₂ emissions, we can look towards certain examples of inspiration for how we can mitigate climate change and live sustainable lives that will change our course for the better.

This week, we’ll take a look at Barcelona and the plans that the city council has put in place to reduce negative impacts on the environment!

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The EU is making changes to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue!

The EU is making changes to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue!

Just this week lawmakers have approved measures that may lead to the ban of single-use plastics by 2021, which is great news for our oceans!

Check out this week’s blog for more information on how the EU Commission plans to finally toss away single-use plastics for good.

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World, we have a lot of work to do before 2030

World, we have a lot of work to do before 2030.

Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change broke the sobering news that unless we can limit global warming to +1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2030, the prognosis for our environment is not bright. To achieve this feat (cutting CO2 emissions by ~45%), drastic measures will have to be taken by consumers, industries and government bodies. Come 2030, the state of our quality of life, ecosystems and economy will be reliant on our level of commitment to the sustainability of our planet right now.

In this week’s blog, we’ll take a look at the findings from this new report and the changes that we will have to make in order to reach the 2030 goal of limiting global warming to +1.5 degrees.

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Over-tourism has claimed another victim: Maya Beach

Over-tourism has claimed another victim: Maya Beach in Koh Phi Phi Leh, Thailand.

Following in the steps of Boracay Island in The Philippines, this beautiful destination known for its blue waters, white sand and limestone cliffs will be closed indefinitely while its biodiversity and ecosystems begin their process to recovery.

Take a look at this week’s blog to read about the impact that unsustainable tourism has had on the popular beach destination as well as lessons that we, as tourists, can take away from its closure to prepare ourselves for our next vacation.

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Teaming up with Oceanic Global: Inspiring Sustainable Tourism

Sea Going Green is excited to officially announce its partnership with the Oceanic Global Foundation! As part of our collaboration, we are proud to be ambassadors of their eco-certified sticker system, which we will be using to reward our partners and clients in the tourism and hospitality industries on their sustainable efforts.

Our collaborative new guide will focus on making marine and coastal hotspots more sustainable. The idea for our guide and new sticker system is to incentivize formative change within the tourism industry by providing solutions to environmental challenges. These include plastic pollution, socio-cultural integration, marine conservation, limiting carbon footprints in addition to many more.

Look out for The Oceanic Standard: Coastal Tourism Edition, which will be going live in the next few weeks! In the meantime, check out our interview with Oceanic Global’s founder, Lea d’Auriol.

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World Cleanup Day-Clean Seas and Happy Trees

What do you think is the biggest day of the year for our environment? (Well besides Earth Day of course) Did you guess World Cleanup Day? Then you are correct!

On September 15th every year, responsible citizens from over 150 countries come together and pitch in to clean up litter and waste that have seeped into our oceans, coastlines, rivers and covered our forests all around the world.

Read this week’s blog to see how the World Cleanup Day movement has taken shape in addition to what tips we have for you to get involved including the use of new technologies that you can use to track the impact of your own personal clean up!

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#NoMoreButts, Ocean Passports and Plastic Pollution: An Interview with TerraMar

Did you know that cigarette butts are the most common plastic pollution found on a beach? In this blog we will hear more from TerraMar about the impact cigarette butts and other plastic pollution is having on the marine environment and how TerraMar has come up with innovative solutions as a part of their #NoMoreButts campaign.

As a part of their commitment to ocean conservation, The TerraMar Project helps to spread knowledge on ocean health and biodiversity, while helping individuals to take action to make a difference in their communities.

If you love the ocean as much as we do, then check out this week’s blog and take TerraMar’s ocean pledge to get your very own Ocean Passport!

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What Type of Reusable Straw Are You?

Are you more of a bamboo straw person, prefer the look an feel of a plastic straw with an eco-friendly twist or want a straw that you can snack on? Netherlands-based Sipster Straws has you covered. After having discovered their passion for sustainability while living in Vietnam, the Sipster team has developed a series of environmentally friendly straw options to ensure that there is an option for every type of consumer. In this week's blog, we'll continue our interview series by asking Sipster Straws about how they came to be, what unique straw offerings that have and their take on sustainability in the tourism industry! 

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One Planet Rating: A Search Engine for Sustainable Tourism

Have you ever wished for a platform that was like a travel guide, but with a sustainable and eco-friendly stamp of approval from passionate travelers and insiders? Then One Planet Rating is for you. Whether it be finding a environmentally responsible hotel or searching for a restaurant serving up sustainable seafood, the options are endless. This week’s blog post will explain more about the purpose of this global platform and also the ins and outs of how it works via our interview with co-founder, Richard Lindberg.

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Boracay’s Closure: A Double-Edged Sword

Boracay island in The Philippines was once a paradise destination for local and international visitors, totaling an annual amount of 2 million tourist arrivals per year. Although, Boracay's closure in 2018 serves as a prime example of what can happen to a beautiful destination if tourism remains unsustainable and unregulated. Continue reading to find out more about the closure of Boracay has had a silver lining for locals and has generated hope for the future tourism prospects on the island. 

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Going Strawless in the City... and Beyond

This week Sea Going Green got the chance to talk with IamStrawless (Arian Lurie) on the "going strawless” movement which is making waves in Amsterdam and around the globe!

Read more to see what inspired the creation of IamStrawless, how the movement has caught fire and the importance of engaging the hospitality and tourism industries to embrace sustainable alternatives.

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Exponential Tourism Growth in Croatia, Friend or Foe?

Around the world tourism figures have been on the rise due to unprecedented global mobility, which has allowed for travelers to explore prized tourist destinations such as Croatia. Yet, does it come at a cost and if so, who will be the ones responsible to regulate tourism development?

This week’s blog post will reflect on the positive and negative aspects that tourism has brought to Croatia concluding with an analysis on the ways that Government officials, stakeholders and local communities can keep tourism growth and development in line with local and environmental regulations especially on island destinations and the coastline.

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PLA “Biodegradable” Plastics: Too Good To Be True

PLAs have been heralded around the world as a renewable, plant based, biodegradable alternative to petroleum based plastics. Made from fermented plant starch, the plastic is said to be “carbon neutral” and “non-toxic.” However, this is far from the truth. Critics and experts around the world have brought to light that the renewable alternative is not as environmentally friendly as one might have thought.

In this week’s post, we reveal the hidden reality of PLA plastics. Read to find out the truth!

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