• Environment

    Washington Marine Debris Action Plan

    Plastic pollution in the marine environment is an increasing concern. Microplastics (0.3-5 mm in size) are of most concern because they cannot be easily spotted, last the longest, and are easily ingested by marine organisms and make their way through the food chain…As beaches erode,…microplastics are transported into Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. It remains an open question of how many and how much of these microplastic particles are exported from the beaches into the ocean. The above is an excerpt from my senior thesis research paper, “Concentration of Microplastics in Beach SedimentsĀ Surrounding Seattle, Washington in the Puget Sound Estuary”. As a University of Washington School of Oceanography major,…

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    Port of Edmonds Marina Clean-Up 2018

    Summer is possibly the most fun time of the year. Think about it – all the sunshine makes you want to go to the beach, eat at restaurants on the waterfront, and go boating! I love summer for these opportunities and so much more. BUT you know what I don’t love? I don’t love all the garbage that is left behind on our shorelines and dumped (intentionally and unintentionally) into our local Puget Sound waters. Marine debris litters beaches all over the world, ending up in our oceans and contaminating and killing marine life (If you eat seafood, it’s contaminating you, too.). Additionally, garbage in our marine environment is just…

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    2 Ways Plastic is Harming Marine Life + How You Can Help

      Marine animal art by Washed Ashore made entirely from ocean plastic. Plastic pollution is a hot topic right now. With videos showing up on your Facebook feed of divers swimming through loads of plastic, and pictures of a sea turtle-turned-unicorn by a plastic straw, I tend to think that everyone knows how big of a problem plastic in our environment is. But I’ve found that is not the case. I hope that this post will help make it really clear how marine animals such as sea turtles, fish, and dolphins are affected by plastic pollution, plus provide you with some ideas of how you can personally decrease your impact.…

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    Top 5 Easiest Ways to Go Green in 2018

    Happy 2018! Since there are still about nine months in this year, there is still plenty of time to add goals and resolutions to your list. Maybe you want to eat healthier, go to the gym more, or even make your lifestyle more eco-friendly šŸ˜‰ Here I’m sharing my top five easiest ways to go green in 2018 (I bet you’ve already made a couple of these swaps)! Swap your plastic water bottle for a stainless steel or glass one.Ā  Stainless steel water bottles are so much cuter than plastic! Plus, they don’t have all the icky chemicals plastic ones do (BPA isn’t the only harmful chemical in plastic). I…