Just to prove to some people that there is actual work to be done . . . The oceans have sadly become a plastic soup, filled with pieces big and small. All t...he samples we have collected are coming back to the lab in Florida. They will go through chemical analysis so we can better understand what is going on at the molecular level and come up with solutions to this devastating pollution problem!
Certainly a lot for which to be thankful! Florida Sustainables is teaming up with 5 Gyres Institute to study plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean this summer.... We are embarking on a sailing expedition from the Bermuda Triangle to the Arctic Circle, taking samples all along the way and diving in Bermuda and Icelandic waters. Then for me it’s on to the British Isles and mainland Europe. And it’s being filmed by National Geographic!!! Very excited to be able to have such a great adventure!
Florida Sustainables’ Ryan Martin was recently named a Distinguished Lecturer at Roger Williams University, an honor previously given to Nobel Laureate chemist Roald Hoffmann.
Here's Ryan with a great group of chemistry students after a talk at RWU.
Spending time with Kim McCabe behind-the-scenes at the New England Aquarium
Kim recently spent over a month on a sailing research expedition in the Pacific Ocean to study the “Garbage Patch”—an area twice the size of Texas that has become a “plastic soup”.
Here’s a sample showing what our oceans around the world have become, filled with plastic that has physically broken down (this is NOT biodegradation) into little particles that get mistaken for plankton and enter the foo...d stream (all the way up to us!) with devastating and toxic effects.
You can find Kim’s blog about her expedition and see more pictures here: http://explorers.neaq.org/search/label/Pacific2012
Recycling is a vital part of the solution for how to use plastics responsibly. Students at The University of San Diego are proposing "Exchange for Change" to promote recycling on their campus. What do you think? Would you use this on your campus or workplace?
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Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, has selected Ryan Martin as their Distinguished Lecturer for 2013!
Ryan is scheduled to visit the university to speak about plastic pollution in our oceans, and approaches to alleviating the crisis heading into the future.
Florida Sustainables' Ryan Martin is up for the Spirit of Gainesville Award in Entrepreneurship! There are many well-deserving individuals nominated, and you are free to leave comments at the link below which the judges will take into account. You can check out the nomination article (3 short pages) and leave a few kind words for Ryan here:
Florida Sustainables is scheduled to present at the Florida Energy Summit in Orlando, August 15-17. To learn more or to register, visit the link here. To make an appointment to meet with us at the summit, you can send us a message on Facebook, or email email@example.com.
Florida Sustainables is proud to announce officially we have adopted Kanapaha Park covering 23 acres in Gainesville, Florida! In partnership with Alachua County, we will be keeping the park clean and maintained, and encouraging education and responsible use. Also, we are now planning to create an enhanced fitness trail and a community organic garden in the park! Visit and enjoy Kanapaha Park, and help us keep it beautiful.