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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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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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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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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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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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Sustainability is Business & Business is Sustainability

The future of the oceans is in our hands; here are some of the biggest takeaways from the Volvo Ocean Summit. If you follow our instagram @seagoinggreen, you will know that our team here at Sea Going Green was fortunate enough to attend the final and capstone Volvo Ocean Summit in Den Haag. Alongside industry experts, academics, and the racers them selves, we participated in the world’s premier platform to bring about action regarding ocean health.

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Sustainable Tourism on Fogo Island

Communities and organisations around the world are making an effort to develop sustainable marine tourism to preserve their heritage. Fogo Island, along with the Shorefast Foundation, provides an ideal example for how we as residents, travellers, and entrepreneurs can support and develop sustainable tourism.

Read more about the efforts that are being made on Fogo Island to integrate tourism into the local community and culture.

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Sustainable Tourism through Sustainable Boating

We are excited to announce that we have partnered up with We Are On A Boat ! Imagine an airbnb for sustainable boats..

Read more about this amazing eco-friendly and clean energy boat-sharing initiative and how they are promoting voluntourism/sustainable tourism in this interview with Ally Dragozet (CEO & Founder of Sea Going Green) and Tiago Varandas (Founder of We Are On A Boat).

Photo by @soelyachts


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Importance of the Ocean

While most of us are at least aware of the potential consequences that our actions have on the state of the ocean, many of us do not fully understand the scale of its impact.

In this blog post we’ll take a look at 3 reasons why the ocean is important in our everyday lives. The list is truly endless, but these examples provide a few major reasons to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue.

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How Tourism Impacts Ocean Health: Invasive Species

When we visit magical destinations, we never think about how they are changing in front of our eyes.

However, as tourist activity has increased over the last few decades, many of these beautiful natural wonders have suffered.One reason for this is invasive species. These are animals and plants that are introduced to new environments either intentionally or unintentionally.

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Uncovering Ocean Plastics : Plastic Straws

As you lay on the beach, relaxing and soaking up the sunshine, enjoying your holiday or weekend
getaway or gap year adventure, you reach over and take a sip from your refreshing drink. But have you ever thought twice about what happens to that straw you are using. Have you ever been eco-conscious while abroad?

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Team Canada Beach Volleyball Star pledges to #GoGreenForTheBigBlue!

We are excited to announce our first Sea Going Green Ambassador ! Melissa will be spreading awareness about the need and importance of sustainable tourism globally throughout the year, notably at the Commonwealth games in Australia this April ! Read our interview with Melissa and why she decided to take the pledge and more!

 

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Sustainable fashion for good

Australian made and owned, Solsoya is an activewear label with a difference. Promoting a healthy mind, body and planet, Solsoya aims to make a difference by being part of the change. 

Solsoya is shifting consumer awareness, surrounding slow and sustainable fashion. Solsoya uses a unique fabric of regenerated plastic bottle, fishing net, old carpet and clothing fibres. Bold colours recognisable to the label emanate a sense of lighthearted fun, appealing to the wearers inner child and reminding them not to take this life game too seriously. 

Join Solsoya as they pave the way for labels and consumers to act and live consciously on our one precious planet. 

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Lessons from the Pacific: What I learned about waste from traveling in Micronesia

I used to never think about trash. As a Western city dweller,  it is easy to remain in blissful ignorance of garbage: where it comes from, where it goes. The only brain cells devoted to trash were for mindless separation, and remembering to take the seperated bags out before they got too full. Otherwise convenience (or a frustrated roommate) takes over, and everything ends up in the general bin.

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