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Present Ideas For Divers: Divesangha Turtle Bag

Divesangha, reusable bag, one-time-use plastic bag, CVS Pharmacy, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company. DEMA ShowAt the end of October this year I was in Orlando for the DEMA Show. A friend of mine had also flown into town for this event and we agreed to meet up and enjoy a glass of wine or two. We were both tired and thought buying a bottle and staying in was a good option. I therefore duly popped into a CVS Pharmacy that was a couple of minutes walk from my hotel.

The USA has adopted a ‘custom’ – I can find no law about carrying closed alcohol containers – that purchased alcohol has to be placed in a brown paper bag. I don’t have an issue with this, the bag can be recycled, and I was quite content to walk back to my hotel carrying the bottle in my hand. But before I could say “no plastic bag“, the shop assistant had duly placed my ‘brown paper bag wrapped wine bottle’ into a plastic bag. I asked her “why did you put this into a plastic bag“? She replied “oh, one bag not enough? Let me double bag it for you“.

The assistant was supplying what she considered to be the best customer service she could. And for that I am grateful. I was however really horrified that her mindset considered it normal that a bottle of wine needed at least one, if not two plastic bags. It felt that they were being thrown at me like confetti.

I duly thanked her and said “please use this plastic bag for another customer, I do not need to use it“. She took the bag and the immediately threw it away because it had been ‘used’ by another customer.

Divesangha, reusable bag, one-time-use plastic bag, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyOn 5th October 2015 England followed Northern Ireland (2013), Scotland (2014) and Wales’ (2011) example and started charging a 5p levy for a single-use plastic carrier bag. Since this tax has come in the UK Government has reported that 83% few bags (over 6 million bags) has been issued in England from 7 April 2016 to 6 April 2017. This equates to each person using 25 bags (2016 – 2017) compared to 140 bags per year before the change.

This should make a massive difference to our plastic oceans. Dr Sue Kinsey from the Marine Conservation Society stated that “every year we survey our beaches, and last year (2014) we found over 5,000 bags over one weekend.

What are our options to reduce our single-use plastic bags? We can of course, use our plastic bags many times over. Or re-purpose an empty cardboard box from the supermarket and recycle it when we get home. We can also carry a wicker basket, but that tends to be inconvenient when we decide to grab some last minute essentials on our way home from work.

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Enter stage left Divesangha. When this Brit manufacturer launched in Spring 2014 they made a commitment. To locally and ethically manufacturer high quality products and not use plastic in their packaging. It is therefore logical that Divesangha has now produced a unique robust reusable bag to help wean everyone off their one-time-use plastic bag habit.

This lightweight, sturdy, fashionable Turtle’ bag neatly packs down into an integrated pouch allowing you to stash it in a coat pocket, day / rucksack, handbag or laptop case. When you reach the checkout till, simply pull it out and fill it up.

The 100% white Polyester fabric is washable. This is important because one of the criticisms that the plastic bag addicts state is that “a re-usable non plastic bag could potentially end up non-hygienic after many uses”. (Our grandparents never used to worry about this?!) There is no issue here. Just put your bag in the washing machine!

Whilst the practical Divesangha Turtle Bag is about the same size as an average carrier bag, it far outperforms its littering cousin. This stylish baby – priced at £15.00 – is constructed to conveniently handle much more weight!

 

 

Earth Day 2017: Dive Point’s Plastic Pledge

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A Dive Point day-boat heading home following a day’s diving in the Red Sea

Dive Point, a recreational and technical diving centre based in Hurghada, Egypt has made a plastic pledge to coincide with this year’s Earth Day, by permanently reducing their onboard plastic waste.

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Dive Point’s new water drinking fountain contains 19 litres of water, ensuring that the guests don’t use 31 small plastic bottles

In 1969 at a UNESCO conference John McConnell proposed that an annual day be put in place to support and promote environmental protection. The first ‘Earth Day’ was held on the first day of spring (in the northern hemisphere) on 21st March 1970. The date later moved to 22nd April.

“We are always looking at ways to recycle and we wanted to mark Earth Day in a positive manner”, stated Regina Rinkenburger, Dive Point’s Operation Manager. In some countries, such as Germany and Canada it is really easy to recycle. In Egypt it can be more challenging, therefore we need to be cleverer with our waste.

We have found that recycling plastic is not a simple process; hence we must put in place as many ways as we can to reduce our plastic use. This week we have installed 19 litre water fountains on our dive boats. Each fountain is the equivalent of 31 small plastic bottles of water. Guests are welcome to fill their water containers as many times as they like. These fountains have already made a huge difference to the amount of plastic waste coming off our boats.”

 

#TBT: OceanPostive Meets Ghostfishing @ Boot.2016

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Ghost fishing meets Fourth Element thanks to the OceanPositive catalyst – from left to right Pascal van Erp, Rosemary E Lunn, Jim Standing @ 2016 Dusseldorf Boot Show

A small but historic meeting took place at this year’s Dusseldorf’s Boot Show.

After ‘virtually’ working together for several years, Pascal van Erp of Ghostfishing.org met with Jim Standing from Fourth Element on Tuesday 26th January 2016. The catalyst that initially brought them together in 2013, and then introduced them in real-life in 2016 was TUMC’s Rosemary E Lunn (aka Roz).

From a young age I had been brought up to recycle and respect the environment,” stated Roz. “So when I heard Pascal talk at a European diving conference about the ghost fishing project, including how the recovered fishing gear is recycled into usable, knittable nylon, I was hooked. I instantly knew that this project would also jibe with Fourth Element‘s ethos. They are as engaged with the environment as I am – both our companies know how important it is to recycle, reuse and reduce.

As soon as I could, I briefed Jim Standing, knowing that he and Paul Strike had the vision and knowledge to create something rather lovely and useful, whilst closing the ‘grave to cradle’ circle. Little did I realise that one phone call would result in the genesis of OceanPositive.

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Jim Standing and Dr Sylvia Earle

I was incredibly lucky to meet with Dr Sylvia Earle at the 2014 DEMA Show and talk to her about OceanPositive. When I was subsequently able to introduce her to Jim Standing and show her the OceanPositive range, it was a momentous moment because this clothing range is very close to my heart.

I spend my professional life putting people and businesses together. It is rather like doing a jigsaw puzzle, joining two seemingly random pieces together to make a proper picture. I can see a product, service or person and know who the matching right person is in the diving industry. I have found watching OceanPositive evolve and grow utterly fascinating. It was therefore very special introducing Pascal to Jim in person for the first time.”