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Plastic Makes Up 70% of Marine Debris – Clean Up Your Local Beach and Save Marine Life

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to be invited on a whale watching expedition off the coast of San Francisco. A bumpy two-hour ride out, a lot of horizon searching and then the whalers’ cry ‘Tha She Blows’! To see the fountain of expelled air is exciting enough but then to see the animal itself, to watch its huge back break the waves and the fluke (tail) flick up as the whale dives deep again is truly heart-warming.

That day I watched two big grey whales and three humpback whales journeying through the Pacific Ocean. Seeing a whale up close in its natural environment, really does take your breath away. I joined the millions of people world-wide who want to protect these magnificent creatures from Japanese whaling boats and anyone else who would want to harm them.

As we motored out of San Francisco harbour and then motored back in again, amongst the gulls, the seals, yachts and puffins, we passed small collections of plastic bobbing around. These were not lobster pot markers. This was man-made detritus and we should be ashamed of ourselves.

At the end of the trip, the Marine Naturalist who was with us summed up our sea expedition and closed by asking each of us to be aware of how litter can destroy marine environments and cause damage to sea creatures. “Please keep your local beach clean”, she urged us.

Turtles die because they eat plastic bags, mistaking them for jellyfish. Albatross think small broken up pieces of bleached plastic are plankton or fish eggs and feed them to their chicks who subsequently die. Plastic makes up 70% of marine debris.

Coming home to England and living near Brighton beach, the Naturalist’s words rang in my head. On my first walk along the beach, I took a plastic bag to collect rubbish. I walked the beach between the Brighton Marina and the children’s playground – an area of about a third of a mile. My bag was full by the time I got half-way along. It was full of bits of plastic, aluminium cans, tangled fishing line and empty sandwich wrappers.

I walked away from the sea with my bag of rubbish, down a path by Grace’s beach cafe. A man who looked as though he was probably in his 60s stood drinking coffee from a cardboard cup. He finished his coffee and instead of putting the cup in the bin not a yard away from him, threw it over the small stone wall which edges the path.

I’m not a confrontational person and rather than anger, I felt sadness that this older person with all his experience of life should so blatantly litter his environment – and I said so. He shouted that I should ‘go away and stop bothering people.’ No convert there but who knows? Maybe next time he’s about to discard litter, he will look about for a bin to put it in. I hope so.

I leant over the wall, picked up his coffee cup and put it with my bag of litter in the bin right beside the cafe.

The production of plastic doubles every decade. As we grow older, we must use our experience to influence a younger generation coming up behind us to be considerate of the environment. We need to make sure they understand the damage that sea garbage can wreak on the sea, its fish, mammals and birds. If we don’t, what chance has the world got?

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Krystal Blue Fashion- UV protection clothing
July 17, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Krystal Blue International offers handcrafted, unique pieces made or designed in America. We have gathered very talented designers from across the US to bring you our current collection. If you are looking for something specific, we can help. Please contact Valerie Graham directly. As always, 5% of your purchase goes to preserving our sea life. New pieces are added weekly so check back often.

UVG by Valerie Graham brings UV fashion forward. LUV your skin and look good doing it. Wear your UVG anytime, anywhere, everyday – in the car, at the beach, out to dinner, in the office, as evening wear to an affair, UVG by Valerie Graham does it all. Combine pieces for even more looks! Versatile, stylish fashion with endless possibilities. How do you wear your UVG? Show us UR UVG, send photos to

UPF/SPF 30—50+ BLOCKS 97%-98% of Sun’s Rays
UVA (Aging) & UVB (Burning)
Moisture Wicking & Made in the USA.


UVG – Tube

Cover what you want, when you want – wear it your way! Cover your shoulders and décolleté, wear it up as a hood, wear it down as a cowl, cover your face when lying on the beach! Pull it down and wear it as a dress or skirt….layer a second tube on top. Layer with a Pointbreak Cape. Create your own looks and combinations!
One size – fits most S-M-L as a shoulder & head cover up and S-M as a dress/skirt. Colors: Royal Blue, Hot Pink, White, Black.

UVG – Pointbreak Cape

Stylish and versatile, twirl it around and get different styles, different looks, depending on your mood! Throw it back as a scarf, cover your arms in the car, wear it as a beach coverup or pull it down as a skirt, but don’t leave home without it! Lightweight and moisture wicking, the Pointbreak Cape is the perfect accessory for any situation. Layer with a tube for daytime or evening looks. Color block for stylish combinations. This must have piece does it all! One size – fits most S-M-L as a cape and S-M as a skirt. Colors: Royal Blue, Hot Pink, White, Black.

Learning About UV Protection Clothing
July 10, 2012, 10:04 pm
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Everyone wants to look good, in today’s world that means having a great looking tan, but when you are in the sun you need to wear UV protection clothing. We all know that the sun is damaging to our bodies. One can contract skin cancer from the sun, but the skin is not the only thing that you have to worry about. While you need UV protection clothing, you also need to find out more about UV protection sunglasses.

You will find that you are able to get UV clothing is woman’s and men’s sizes. The other thing that you may be looking for is plus sized clothing. This is also not a problem, as there are a few clothing manufacturers out there producing them. The other thing is that you are now able to find UV clothing in a wide array of name brands, so you can always look and feel good and know that you are protected wherever you go.

If you are thinking that UV clothing will make you hot in the middle of summer you have to think again. These clothes are made for summer, which means that they are light weight, breathable and will still give you’re the protection you need while keeping your cool. We all know what it feel like to sit in a thick jacket in the middle of winter because our parents do not want us getting burned, these days we so not have to go to such extremes.

All you have to do is go out and get a few pairs of UV protection clothing for your whole family and your will be able to enjoy a full, fun loving day in the sun on the beach, at the park, or just lazing in the back yard. Clothing, however, is not the only thing you will need. When it comes to sun protection you will want to go all out, which is why you will also want sun protection hats, the best polarized sun glasses s well as a really good biodegradable sunscreen.

If you are worried about getting into the water without your UV clothing you will find that you do not need to be. There are all sorts of full body swimwear that you can buy that are ready to fight up to 99 percent of the harmful rays of the sun. That is right; you do not need to worry about the sun anymore.

If you really need to feel the water against you skin, then you need to make sure that you rub in a good sunscreen. This, you need to make sure is the best UV protection. Get the highest SPF that you can and spread it all over your body in order to keep from getting burned, and always remember that you want to do this at least 30 minute before you go in the sun or the water and at 30 minutes intervals if you are not swimming. If you are going to swim, you need to apply your UV protection sunscreen as soon as you get out of the water and put on your UV protection clothing too.

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Healthy Skin Care Tips to Protect Your Skin

As you grow older your skin becomes thinner and gets wrinkles. As you get busy in your life you do not get time to take care of your skin. The end result: your skin leaves the glow you had when you were born. Your skin care problems can be reduced if you avoid going out in sun, wash your face gently and apply moisturizer regularly.

Protect your skin from sun. Ultraviolet rays of sun can damage your skin resulting in wrinkles, liver spots, rough skin and serious issues like cancerous and non cancerous skin tumors. To protect your skin from sun try using sunscreen lotion, wear protective clothing and avoid sun during high intensity hours. Protect your skin from sun’s rays so avoid going out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and wide hats. Certain clothing styles and fabrics can also protect your skin. Try wearing long sleeve shirts instead of short sleeve shirts. Wear denim fabric rather than knit fabric. Nowadays many companies design SPF clothing which will protect your skin from sun’s rays. Apply SPF 15 at least 20 minutes before you go outdoors.

Smoking can increase wrinkles on your face. Smoking can reduce blood flow, oxygen of skin and vitamin A that are important for skin glow. All these factors can harm to the elastic fabrics and collagen, which gives your skin strength and elasticity.

Avoid hot water while washing your skin. Instead use warm water. Hot water and long showers can remove oil from your skin. Take a bath only for 15 minutes or less. Avoid using strong soaps as it may leave your skin dry. Instead use mild soaps like Dove, Vanicream, Cetaphil and Purpose. If you have a sensitive skin, don’t use perfumes or dyes. These can cause allergy to your skin. When you’re removing eye make up use soft sponge, cotton cloth or cotton balls to avoid the damage that happen to delicate issues around the eyes. After taking a bath, pat your skin with a dry towel, so that moisture remains on your skin.

Moisturizers are very helpful for your skin. These avoid water from escaping or by slowly releasing water into your skin. The moisturizer that is best for you depends on your skin type, your age and do you have acne. A good way to test if you need a moisturizer is to wait 20 minutes after bathing. If you feel your skin is tight, your skin needs a moisturizer. Apply SPF 15 to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. If you have sensitive skin, avoid products that have heavy dyes, perfumes or other additives. If your skin is very dry, apply baby oil. If you have an oily skin, avoid moisturizers.

Shaving is an inexpensive way of removing unwanted hair. For a smooth shave you should take care of certain things: Before shaving press a warm wash cloth on your skin to soften the hair. Or shave after a warm bath or shower. To remove the hair, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction of hair growth, not against it. After the whole thing is over, rinse your skin with warm water. If irritation still occurs, use a lotion that has ethyl or isopropyl alcohol.

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Importance Of UV Protection Clothing

There is no doubt that UV protection clothing is important and also a necessity in the contemporary world due to a variety of reasons. We all know that the world we live in today is full of tanned people in the streets and most of the runways are composed of highly desirable individuals who have their image of glitz, glamour and gold. When it comes to nature, the heat that we receive from the sun seems to be much stronger as compared to the previous years so it is essential that we consider UV protection clothing. The reason for this is due to the ozone layer which seems to be thinning day by day. An individual has several ways in which he or she can be able to prevent the sun’s heat from damaging his or her skin.

It does not matter whether the heat is that of summer or it is that of dead of winter but one has to consider protecting himself or herself. An individual can select from several options such as the umbrella, polarized sunglasses, hats, sunblocks and sunscreens. There is usually no such thing as UV protection clothing which many individuals might consider to provide maximum protection from the sun’s heat. These methods of protection against the sun’s heat are useful and some of them like the sunblocks and sunscreens have been available for a long time. These products are manufactured from certain ingredients that prevent the ultraviolet rays of the sun from damaging an individual’s skin.

Such ingredients found in the products include oxybenzone, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. However, research conducted by scientists has proved that some of these products are inadequate as the ingredients that are used to manufacture them are not effective when it comes to preventing the ultraviolet rays from damaging the skin. Research has also proved that some of these ingredients are harmful as they are potential carcinogens which increase the risk of getting cancer.

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GLASS – “The Other Container”

I’m doing my parody on the hugely successful advertising campaign for pork, which made America feel good about eating pork again and gave us an alternative to poultry.  Slowly we plastic obsessed Americans are coming around to the virtues of glass, but it’s been a long way coming and a lot of irreparable damage has already been done to the environment.

I came across a Facebook page recently called Glass Is Life.  It’s a really cool page with interesting photos showing items packaged in glass, a welcome alternative to plastic.  Fitting, because glass has been on my mind lately.  I keep remembering getting milk delivered in glass bottles when I was a child and Heinz ketchup in its recognizable glass bottle with the embossed “57” which if you held just right, made your ketchup start to flow and of course glass Coke bottles!  Why is it that you can still get Coke in glass bottles in Europe and 3rd world countries?  Because they didn’t have the money to convert the bottling plants and jump on the plastique band wagon?

Glass used to be the container of choice for most things liquid.  I doubt my nieces or nephews who range in age from 12-17 would know what it’s like to drink Coke from a glass bottle.  I often wonder why beer has remained in glass when it seems like everything else is in plastic?  Was this the only smart industry that thought “everything that goes around comes around so why bother?”  What about Snapple?  We all grab for the Snapple bottle and don’t think twice about “Gee, it’s glass, maybe I should buy a competitor that’s plastic?  It would be lighter, easier to carry and less breakable.”  No, we all buy Snapple and don’t care that it’s glass!

Manufacturers take for granted that us common folk want plastic because it’s virtually unbreakable and light and can be molded into a gazillion shapes.  So it’s refreshing to see all the products on Glass is Life that are being produced in glass!  I for one will take glass over plastic any day.  It’s unique now, and it’s also infinitely recyclable – melt it down and turn it into a newly recycled glass bottle.  Plus making glass from recycled glass is cheap and a far greener way to go so there’s no reason for glass to ever go to a landfill.  I like that since I recycle everything I can.

Hopefully the advertising and manufacturing industries are paying attention to the “glass cult” developing across the world.  I was standing in a checkout line recently and there in front of me was water in a glass bottle!  I grabbed one and added it to my cart just because!  Didn’t even look at the price!  No reason other than it was a refreshing sight from the sea of plastic being thrown at us.  And if that glass bottle wind up in the ocean, guess what?  It becomes frosty sea glass, prized by collectors and beachgoers the world over who collect it, spend lots of money on up-cycled beach glass jewelry and display it in “Glass jars” in their homes….. 

The Importance of Sun Protective Clothing for Your Skin

People seem to think that staying under the sun for over long periods of time to achieve that perfect tan is fun and perfectly fine. What they don’t know is that they are exposing themselves to the risk of UV damage. These ultraviolet rays have a damaging effect that may cause painful sunburns or worse, skin cancer. This is why it is always necessary to find ways and means to protect your skin from these harmful rays of the sun. Another way to do that is by covering your skin with sun protection clothing.

Some people think it is enough to wear sunblock, but the extra layer that sun protection clothing provides is a better preventive measure to block the harmful rays of the sun. This type of clothing is designed specifically to shield the person from ultraviolet rays which may cause deadly skin diseases. The fabric used to produce this is rated because of its high levels of ultraviolet or UV protection. Some manufacturers even use fabrics and textiles that are pre-treated with anti-UV ingredients that will enhance its capacity to block UV rays.

Regular clothing cannot compare to the high level of protection that sun protection clothes can give. The usual tops and bottoms only rate as low as UPF 5 which basically does nothing to reduce the UV rays exposure. Ordinary clothing alone does not provide any skin protection again sun’s harmful rays. On the other hand, sun protection products are tested and proven to provide the highest sun blocking rating. They have a rating equivalent to UPF 50+ which is about the highest rating for blocking over 97.5 percent of the sun UV rays.

To strengthen your beliefs in using this sun protection clothing, here are some value-adding factors to be considered:

This type of clothing is highly reliable. The good thing about using sun protected clothes is that it protects you from UV rays consistently and constantly. When you use sunscreen to protect you from the rays of the sun, chances are, it would fade or wear off during the day. But UPF-rated clothing will not fade nor wear-off. It stays with you the whole day unless you take it off.

You can also protect yourself from UV rays for a fraction of the cost. You buy clothes only once and you can use it again and again until you have outgrown it. You can also use this in different seasons because UPF-rated clothing does not necessarily mean summer clothes.

Wearing sun-protected clothing is not sticky or oily. You don’t have worry about allergens or whether this has the right chemical balance for your skin. It is not messy to apply and parents can let their kids wear these clothes without having to worry about anything.

You don’t have to be anxious about UVA and UVB. Aside from having protection against the extreme heat coming from the sun, these clothes also provide protection against UVB and UVA.

When you start purchasing sun protection clothing just make sure that it is UPF rated. Look for high UPF rating like 50+ because this gives about 98 percent of UV protection.

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