Welcome to your weekly dose of Vitamin Sea. Our humble effort to Inspire you - our global community of ocean-lovers - to take action from home as we continue to find ways to Resurface Stronger – Together.
A journey to our newest planting site
It’s the start of April, which means it’s the start of Earth Month. We’re kicking off the month that celebrates this big blue beautiful planet by taking you on a digital journey to the West Papua Region of Indonesia, where we launched a brand new mangrove restoration project with our planting partner Eden Projects.
On the way to Indonesia, we attended the biennial Global Wave Conference in Australia - sharing our plans for the future of SeaTrees with a committed crew of ocean-activists, including the inspiring professional surfer Pacha Light, who promptly joined the small crew we had assembled for the trip.
When I met Michael from Sustainable Surf, I was quickly captivated by the ‘SeaTrees’ initiative - to mitigate our carbon footprint by planting mangroves, seagrass and kelp that in turn supports local communities and teaches the importance of these unique and vital ecosystems.
I was honored to join the ‘SeaTrees’ team and invited to travel along with them to a remote island in Papua to visit and help at a new mangrove reforestation site by Eden Projects. Planting these mangrove ‘prongs’ in the mud, accompanied by the laughter of children playing in the soft waves under the blue tropical sky, was way more fun than any other planting project I’ve been involved with before! - Pacha Light
Planting mangrove propagules with the local village and Eden Projects - you can too
To live a little of Pacha’s planting experience - head to the SeaTrees blog and listen to Michael’s interview on The Wire with Chris Grow of Firewire Surfboards - P.S their boards also plant SeaTrees.
Why is talking about Earth Month and planting mangrove SeaTrees still relevant in these uncertain times?
Because enabling individuals to take such a powerful and direct action to help save our seas – plants a seed of hope for the future. Let’s Resurface from the current chaos Stronger - Together.
Recently, we’ve been doing a lot of yoga, and we’ve probably been doing it wrong - which is why we’re so glad that Eoin Finn just released this video series to help us stay centered and active.
Need a new yoga mat to match the new you? Our friends at Suga are “open and shipping” their mats - made from your upcycled wetsuits.
Looking for something a little more physical - and humorous? Bianca Valenti has you covered.
Masks for medical staff are in short supply. The folks at Traveler Surf Club are working with their factories to help. It’s simple - buy four for your family and they’ll donate four. Want to get crafty? Join the Traveler sew club, make your own and add a little flare with this tip from the Ciggy Surfboard crew.
Pangaia - think clothes made from seaweed that plant SeaTrees - is also shifting part of their supply chain to mask making.
Looking for a book to keep you connected to mother ocean? Josie Iselin takes a deep dive into our favorite algae in The Curious World of Seaweed. If you’re looking for something a little more visual - Josie's book - an ocean garden restores 10 square feet of SeaTrees kelp.
And if you’re wondering how seaweed is changing the way we eat - for the better - we highly recommend Eat Like a Fish from ocean farmer Bren Smith.
Sounds of the Sea
If you’re starting to miss the sounds of waves crashing on the shore, our partners at Old Pulteney put together this highlight reel from the coasts of Scotland - sound on!
And in case you missed it - Jack Johnson teamed up with the World Health Organization and put on this 40-minute set - live - from his home to your home.
Keep it local
Now, more than ever, local businesses need your support. We’ve been sharing some of our favorite local stores, cafes, surf shops and restaurants on social. We’re challenging you to share your favs - tag @sustainsurf and @sea.trees and we’ll re-share the love with our community.
Speaking of local favorites - this piece of social distancing art from Alimo kept us smiling this week.
Some of us are in need of hugs right now. This week we found out that you can also get hugs from your blanket. Baloo makes weighted blankets that feel like a firm hug - think stress relieving, body soothing. Every blanket sold during Earth Month plants a SeaTree.
Help spread the message
Thanks for staying with us. If you enjoyed this short Ocean-Positive reprieve from the new normal, please share this with a friend and ask them to sign-up for the next one.
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