How to Celebrate Earth Day like a Sustainability Pro

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How to Celebrate Earth Day like a Sustainability Pro

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Each year, Earth Day offers the opportunity for all of us to work toward a sustainability mindset. It’s a good time to check in and see what habits of yours could be more sustainable and which environmental efforts could use more of your attention.

If you, like so many, have spent the past year appreciating and reconnecting with nature, you may be wondering how you can do better to preserve and protect it. You’ve come to the right place!

First thing’s first, what even is Earth Day? 

After a massive oil spill in 1969, a senator from Wisconsin rallied university students to hold teach-ins on college campuses to build awareness of air and water pollution. Led by Denis Hayes, a young activist, they were able to build enough momentum to get national media attention.

20 million Americans took to the streets. 51 years later, Earth Day is a global holiday dedicated to protection and preservation. Whether it’s ocean cleanup, reducing emissions, or tons of other green initiatives, Earth Day is a great time to learn more about your impact on the environment.

By the end of 1970, Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and several new green laws. In 1990, Earth Day became a global holiday.

This year, Earth Day comes at an interesting time across the globe. COVID-19 has renewed some of our reliance on single-use plastics, but it has also forced people to reconnect with nature and the outdoors. Preserving our planet is more important than ever before.

What can I do?

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It may seem like you’re just one person, and the tasks of ocean cleanup and reducing carbon emissions are too big for you to tackle- but this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Everybody has something to contribute when it comes to Earth Day. Every habit you create can have an impact over time, so don’t doubt your ability to make a difference!

By forming more sustainable habits and using your money more wisely, you can make a big impact on the future of the planet from your own home without much effort.

Ditch single-use plastics

Plastic is one of the biggest threats to our environment right now. According to a study from Utah State University, over 1,000 tons of microplastics are deposited in our national parks per year. That’s as much as 300 million plastic water bottles worth of plastic.

But the dangers of plastic don’t stop there. Scientists are beginning to think that the amount of microplastic pollution in the ocean has been way underestmated. 

What does that mean for you? Microplastics can get into, and cause problems, everywhere. Microplastics are beginning to enter the food web, which means that humans are likely consuming them, too.

Even bottle fed babies are swallowing millions of these tiny plastic particles.

The most convenient way you can help combat that is by swapping out plastic water bottles for a reusable one.

Reusable water bottles can help you shrink your carbon footprint, and reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans and national parks. Another perk? They keep you really, really, hydrated.

Luckily for you, and thanks to the Earth Day Oregon initiative, when you make a donation to Ocean Blue of $50 or more, you’ll receive an Ocean Blue 21 oz. reusable water bottle.

This way, not only will you contribute to ocean cleanup and conservation, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint and single-use plastic consumption. That’s a win-win.

Support eco-friendly businesses

Money talks. It’s so important to be sure that your money is going to companies that share your values. In this case, we’re talking about being eco-friendly.

But it can be pretty challenging to pinpoint which companies are good, which are bad, and what being eco-friendly even means.

If you’re a fellow Oregonian, a great place to start is with the Earth Day Oregon initiative. Earth Day Oregon is an initiative that wants to connect businesses with local nonprofits who are doing great sustainability work every day, just like Ocean Blue.

If you visit the Earth Day Oregon website, you’ll find a list of local businesses that have partnered with sustainability nonprofits to increase their donations. These are the types of businesses you can support if you’re looking to become a more sustainable consumer. An added bonus is that there are several small businesses on the list!

Also, thanks to Earth Day Oregon, when you make a donation of more than $50 to Ocean Blue, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win product prizes from Patagonia and FabSoul– two companies participating in Earth Day Oregon this year.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Patagonia, it’s a clothing company that uses its resources to help fight the climate crisis. Not to mention, all of its products, from fleeces to water bottles, to duffel bags, are top-notch quality.

FabSoul is a sustainable, plastic-free activewear company. They use plant-based fabrics to create comfortable, stylish, and most importantly, sustainable workout gear that you could wear in the gym or to brunch.

Check out the list of 2021 business partners to see how you can use your money to support contributing businesses!

Support Ocean Blue

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One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is by supporting local organizations that are doing the work to keep our planet livable and safe. Every dollar that you give toward ocean cleanup is an investment in a safer, greener future for our planet.

This year, Ocean Blue is hosting an Earth Day fundraising event with a goal of raising $5,000 in the month of April. We’ve already raised $500 thanks to HMTX Industries, a luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer with a commitment to sustainability.

They’re so committed to sustainability, that Ocean Blue is actually in our third year of partnership with them. Emily French, their Marketing Communications Manager, Editorial + Production, works with us annually to initiate beach cleanups. Each year we clean up Manzanita Beach, thanks to their support.

Your donation will go directly toward ocean cleanup. Each dollar donated removes one pound of plastic from our oceans.

We are currently working on a microplastics recovery project, where we will partner with universities to uncover how much microplastic is on our beaches, and where it’s coming from. That project begins this summer, and we need your support so it can move forward.

Together, we can begin to solve one of the biggest issues of our generation and create a sustainability strategy.

At the same time, we’re working to organize local cleanups so community members can take their beaches back from litter and plastic. Even though beach cleanups are trickier right now due to COVID-19, we’re making sure that as soon as it’s safe we can all get back out together to clean up our beaches and oceans.

You can make your donation here. Remember, your donation of $50 or more enters you in a raffle to win products from Patagonia and FabSoul. You’ll also receive a reusable water bottle from Ocean Blue!

P.S. you may not know this, but there’s another holiday after Earth Day that should have your attention, too. Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup Awareness Day has been recognized for the past four years as an opportunity to prioritize ocean cleanup all over our state. No matter where you are on Earth Day, be sure to give your local beaches and waterways the care they deserve.

Earth Day Nonprofit Organizations

One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is by supporting local organizations that are doing the work to keep our planet livable and safe, like the one you’re looking at right now.

Every dollar that you give toward Ocean Blue’s ocean cleanup efforts is an investment in a clean, healthy ocean that provides up to 85% of the global oxygen supply and the main source of protein for over 3.5 billion people.

Thanks to Earth Day Oregon, when you make a donation of more than $50 to Ocean Blue, you’ll be entered to win product prizes from Patagonia and FabSoul– two companies participating in Earth Day Oregon this year. You’ll also receive a reusable water bottle from Ocean Blue, no matter where you live! 

Patagonia is giving away over $200 in value to one lucky donor. Donate $50 or more during April and be entered to win a Duckbill Trucker Hat, an Organic Cotton Beach Towel, and 1 Planing Divider Pack 30L! 

In case you’re unfamiliar with Patagonia, it’s a clothing company that uses its resources to help fight the climate crisis. Not to mention, all of its products, from fleeces to water bottles, to duffel bags, are of top-notch quality.

FabSoul is a sustainable, plastic-free activewear company. They use plant-based fabrics to create comfortable, stylish, and most importantly, sustainable workout gear that you could wear in the gym or to brunch.

This year, Ocean Blue is hosting an Earth Day fundraising event with a goal to raise $5,000 in the month of April. We’ve already raised $500 thanks to HMTX Industries, a luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer with a commitment to sustainability.

They’re so committed to sustainability, that Ocean Blue is actually in our third year of partnership with them. Emily French, their Marketing Communications Manager, Editorial + Production, works with us annually to initiate beach cleanups. Each year we clean up Manzanita Beach, thanks to their support.

Your donation will go directly toward ocean cleanup. Each dollar donated removes one pound of plastic from our oceans.

We are currently working on a microplastics recovery project, where we will partner with universities to uncover how much microplastic is on our beaches, and where it’s coming from. That project begins this summer, and we need your support so it can move forward.

Together, we can begin to solve one of the biggest issues of our generation.

At the same time, we’re working to organize local cleanups so community members can take their beaches back from litter and plastic. Even though beach cleanups are trickier right now due to COVID-19, we’re making sure that as soon as it’s safe we can all get back out together to clean up our beaches and oceans.

You can make your donation here. Your donation of $50 or more enters you in a raffle to win products from Patagonia and FabSoul. You’ll also receive a reusable water bottle from Ocean Blue!

P.S. You may not know this, but there’s another holiday after Earth Day that should have your attention, too. Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup Awareness Day has been recognized for the past four years as an opportunity to prioritize ocean cleanup all over Oregon. No matter where you are on Earth Day, be sure to give your local beaches and waterways the care they deserve.


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