I am the proud owner of Starboard products. Beyond the quality and performance, owning a Starboard product allows us all to connect with a company and a community that makes a huge investment in the environment. Starboard began as a leading watersports equipment innovator. The company was awarded World Sailing’s Sustainability Award and an Olympic class.
Their corporate journey and philosophy is based on environmental actions integrated for a better climate and ocean health. Learn more about their Blue Tiki Community here. Starboard’s Plastic Offset Program, VCS certified blue carbon climate parks, education and partnerships motivate private sector, governments & NGOs. Blue Tiki solutions now go street level with SOMWR apparel, inviting you to wear positive impact. AND they are now part of a project that invites us all to be FUTURE FIGHTERS.
Here’s just one example of “feet on the ground action. This is the Starboard POP Team on the beach in Pattaya-(Photographer Georgia Schofield). There are dozens more stories to enjoy on the Starboard Blue blog.
Have you ever stood in an airport watching thousands upon thousands of people getting into hundreds upon hundreds of flights and wonder- What would my effort at reducing my carbon footprint matter in all this?
I recently picked up some plastic while on a beautiful spring day paddle. I posted the photo of both the plastic AND the better option – reusable hydration instead of liquid in plastic. Simple choices again and again by millions of us make the difference. To make choices easier – here is an excellent article from TERRAPASS – read it here.
Next, think about crowd-funding and the power of many to fuel ideas and innovations of a single person. Together we are much more than we can imagine. If the Earth and its waters are to be the beneficiary of our generous gift of “blue life choices and green actions” everything each of us does can contribute to the bigger BETTER environment.
Way better than re-using or recycling is not using plastic in the first place. That’s a pretty huge no-brainer. Making choices around the use of plastic – daily – not only reduces the carbon footprint of you and your family – is can motivate and inspire others.
It’s easy enough to bring along a recycled/reusable bag to collect plastic and other items from wherever you paddle. And of course, it was an excellent practice for Earth Day
I found some post Easter plastic and a few other items. It gave me a thought. What a better photo to post – a beautiful Starboard Zen welded seam board by the river WITHOUT all the plastic!
I felt happy snapping the picture of a reusable hydration flask and no plastic on the pristine (now plastic free) shore. And YES! It was our first real warm spring day and the paddle was 4+ KM of happiness.
Our home is Earth with its spacious land and life giving waters. What a great day to celebrate all the Earth offers and to remember our personal part in keeping Mother Earth healthy and vibrant.
One thing we all can do is be vocal, show by example and inspire others through our Earth Day (and every day) habits. For me as a writer, I shared in one way by creating the BLUE LIFE JOURNAL FOR KIDS.
But more importantly – my actions out in the world create a more powerful life trend toward respect and care to the Earth on Earth Day – and every day.
I am grateful for the initiatives offered by the Blue Tiki Community to keep the inspiration fired up.
Fun on Earth Day: I decided to share a super easy way to reduce the amount of electricity or propane you use to heat your home. In Oregon we get chilly nights from 30-50 almost all year long being in the high desert.
One easy habit is to warm up yourself instead of the entire house. Put on socks and a sweater or hoody. That way you can lower the thermostat and still be cozy.
Don’t forget Earth Day habits outside as well. Use our mighty sun to fuel your outdoor lighting. Solar is easy on Mother Earth. While you are at it, think of saving water with low maintenance planting native to your area – rocks and such, rather than hydration hungry lawns.