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Method Debuts Bottle Made from Ocean Plastic

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Method (people against dirty), the makers of an eco-friendly line of liquid soap products for the home and55601-Ocean-Plastic-Hero-shot-72dpi-md copy body, have debuted their sustainable bottle made from a blend of plastic marine debris and post-consumer recycled plastic. The packaging has been roughly a year in the making.

The company worked with volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i and the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation to collect several tons of the rigid, opaque plastic needed to make the bottles from Hawai’i’s beaches  -it’s like shell-collecting: done by hand but not quite as delightful.

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International Coastal Cleanup is September 15th

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“Trash jeopardizes the health of our ocean, our economy and people," said David Pittenger,  the director of icc2011 jamaica shanti persaud OCOcean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, "Sometimes there are uncontrollable events – like the Japan tsunami – that add to the larger problem of marine debris. That's why it's important to tackle what's preventable."

The Ocean Conservancy’s 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup is scheduled for September 15th. We may not yet be able to clean up the soupy muck that makes up the patch floating in the ocean but it’s true what Pittenger said: we can prevent further damage to the marine ecosystem by developing better habits.

The non-profit is asking for people to pledge to participate in a cleanup or reduce the amount of trash you create.

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Living on Plastic

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This week Mike Lee, an environmental reporter with the San Diego Union- Tribune, wrote an article thatso calbeach kariatx discussed the recent findings of a study about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” conducted by UCLA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

A rapid increase in the amount of plastic trash floating at sea has impacted the marine environment but not in the way you are thinking.

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Plastics and Microplastics are Still Out in the Ocean

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Jaymi Heimbuch over at treehugger posted a little bit about her experience at Midway Atoll Nationalwater bottle-beach gracey Wildlife Refuge where over 2 million seabirds live and the effects of the Pacific Garbage Patch are evident. The atoll might be remote but our plastic trash is still managing to ride the waves out to a part of the world most of us will never visit.

Heimbuch wanted to see firsthand what she had only seen on the Internet -the sad photographs of decomposing birds with the contents of their stomachs exposed.  Shards of plastic and even more identifiable objects like lighters, bottle caps, toothbrushes and fishing wire have all been found in birds that wash up on the island’s shore or die on the island.  That's why the Midway bird images are a poignant teaching tool: almost everyone that looks at the image can see something they have once used.

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City of Ojai Bans Plastic Bags

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This week in bag ban news the idyllic hamlet of Ojai is on course to become the first city in Venturaplastic bag ban County to ban single use plastic bags.

The Ventura County Star reported that the Ojai City Council passed the ordinance but it will still require council’s approval later this month to be officially deemed a law.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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