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Image credit to: @tobehonestnl We at Clear the Ocean are reaching out to acknowledge and address the death of George Floyd and the ongoing discrimination and injustices happening in our communities around the world. This week, we turned off our social media so we could better listen to the black community, educate ourselves on the BlackLivesMatter movement, and show our solidarity and support. We denounce the unacceptable violence and oppression that impacts the black community, and we look forward to continuing to drive positive change. We know we have a long way to go to eradicate discrimination and to create a truly diverse and inclusive society, but we believe this can be the moment when history changes course. When we started...

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How to reduce when going to school!

How we made our school lunches plastic free Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We’ve all heard it before. Did you ever stop to think about what the three Rs mean, and why Reduce is the first step in the process? Most of us justify our use of plastics with the fact that we recycle it. So, we’re doing our part for the environment, right? Wrong. Very wrong, actually. #ReduceFirst I have to admit, even last year, I wasn’t considering how much waste was going into my daughter’s lunches. My primary focus was for everything in her lunch to be healthy. I wouldn’t purchase yogurt with high sugar content and granola bars were only those with clean ingredients; but all these things were...

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Will banning plastic straws save the ocean?

There has been a lot of conversation and action being taken against single-use plastic in many areas around the world, specifically plastic straws. There are a number of countries and regions banning straws from restaurants and bars, as their way of contributing to the fight against the plastic epidemic ruining our oceans. But will this initiative really make any difference? Aren’t plastic straws too small and insignificant to make any real difference? Don’t we have bigger issues at hand?  In the United States alone, it is estimated that 500 million plastic straws are used every day. That means 500 million straws today, 500 million straws tomorrow, and so on. By the end of the week, we’re talking about 3.5 Billion...

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