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The Sea Dragon Yacht from Above

Why I’m Sailing the PNW Coast for Microplastic Research

This July I’ll be sailing from Vancouver to Seattle, by way of Vancouver Island, with eXXpedition to sample the ocean for microplastics. We’re a diverse group of women with backgrounds in science, conservation, exploration and the arts. There’s a lot to learn from one another and I feel so inspired by these women already. We all believe in eXXpedition’s mission of making the unseen seen and we’ve signed up to do just that! Microplastics are an ever growing problem we’re only really starting to understand the long term impacts of. These little pieces of plastic not only affect marine life but our own health as well. They are known to be carriers for toxins as well as leach them as they break down. This includes endocrine disruptors like BPA, PCBs and DEHP to name a few. These chemicals are being linked to a whole host of health issues such as cancer, endometriosis and autoimmune disorders. In my family alone more of these health issues have been occurring more frequently over the generations. While we’ll never know the …

Glass House Mountain

Feeling at Home in the Wilderness

Imposing peaks, unknown wildlife, poison ivy… there’s a variety of factors that can contribute to feeling uncomfortable in the wilderness. Even if you are used to spending time outdoors, a new environment or changing conditions can throw you off. I’m speaking from experience on this one, I’ve found myself feeling uncomfortably low on the food chain anytime I’ve been in shark populated waters. I have a tremendous respect and admiration for sharks but I’ve also got an active imagination, and shark attack stories – those stick with you. Logically, I know sharks are not hanging out down there just waiting to take a sample out of me but some small part of my mind screams at me that it does happen and that I can in fact be next. We don’t often feel like prey in the modern age and I think we’ve forgotten how to deal with it. Our primal fears once served a very important purpose but now that most of us live in protective shelters with basic needs met, we’re no longer …

Food Scraps

Quick Tips to Reduce Food Waste

My goal this year is to reduce food waste. Food waste has social, economic and environmental costs associated with it and is a hot topic right now. I compost all food waste that I can but the goal here is to avoid putting it in the compost in the first place. I certainly wouldn’t empty my wallet into the compost bin…… and filling it up with food we don’t use is no different than throwing away my hard earned $$$ These are the following steps we are taking to achieve our goals: Do not do the typical large grocery shop, instead only buy enough fresh food for 3 days If there are leftovers that are getting past human consumption or if there is food past the best before date give it to the dogs to eat. I often cut up left over meats and freeze them to use as dog training treats If the leftovers are not suitable for the dogs give it to the chickens. She eats all fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice and bread …

Sunlight in Forest

Small Actions You Can Take Today

I’ll admit I drive a car…. a lot. I feel badly about this almost every time I drive, especially when I look to the mountains and see a haze that never use to be there when I was growing up. However, I try to make up for my car dependence in other ways. I don’t kid myself that these small measures are going to halt climate change, but a few small changes are a good start! Some of the most important choices you can make are with your pocketbook by shopping with sustainability in mind. Eventually we could change the way items we buy are manufactured, packaged, and shipped. I try to buy most of my produce locally and from the Sunday farmers market, but when at the grocery store I avoid plastic bags at all cost and buy produce depending on what kind of packaging it comes in. It drives my husband crazy, but I no longer use plastic bags for our produce. What’s the point of the bags, really? I’ve yet to have a …