Beach and Ocean Clean Ups

beachcleanupwhirledviewsIn India, a 33 year-old lawyer and a retired businessman in his 80s walked down to a 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach one day and began the biggest beach clean up in history. Word spread that they were trying to clean the beach and over 500 volunteers have participated in removing more than 1.3 million kilograms of trash from this one beach.

Another article about this pair estimates that there are 13 million tonnes of plastic and other rubbish that pollutes the world’s oceans, that’s 26,000,000,000,000 kilograms!

surfersgarbagebinwhirledviewsWho is going to invent the great ideas for cleaning up the oceans?

Here’s one great idea by two young surfers in Australia. There’s a video in the article worth seeing to believe. It looks so simple.

Then there’s this idea from a then 19-year-old Boyan Slat, a student in The Netherlands. You can watch the TEDx Talk he gave when he was 20 about the ocean’s plastic problem here.

edible6packwhirledviewsA small beer brewery has invented an edible 6-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable. There’s a short 2 minute video about it in this article. One point they make is that the cost of this product that is better the environment will go down if it becomes more widely used. Why would that be important?

Ideas for keeping our oceans and environment clean can come from anywhere.
Which ideas will work?
Will they make money?
Will they make the world better?
Do you have a better idea how to clean up our beaches and oceans?

Cows and Our Environment

CowWithBackpackHumans often consider how to help the environment by modifying our own behavior. There are other creatures related to our own habits to consider. Cows that provide milk, beef and leather for us also generate a lot of methane. Could Less Gassy Livestock Be A Cash Cow? looks at facts and problem solving ideas for cows load on our environment. Read the very last section of this article on page two titled Cow Backpacks for details on the fascinating idea from Argentina in this picture that is both generating energy and curbing global climate change.

Buy Me Once

The innovation of website Buy Me Once is the idea of helping consumers find and purchase products that are long-lasting. The idea is that buying things that last creates a lighter load on our wBuyMeOnceorld’s environment than buying similar products that are not long lasting and will be thrown into the garbage for new versions of the same product. Check out Buy Me Once USA and UK websites on the link. Write them an e-mail if you think they should expand into China. Start your own website if you like the idea and want to get here before they do.