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World Ocean's Week Recap

Published by Eve Palmer,

This week, we had the pleasure of participating in World Ocean's Week in New York City.

From speaking at Explorer’s Club to sharing our Kelp Jerky with explorers and scientists from around the world to bringing Kelp Jerky aboard the UN’s party on the Peace Boat, it was high vibes all the way through!

As World Ocean’s Week comes to an end, we’d love to share a few things we learned with you.

1) Our seas are drowning in plastic pollution

Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter the seas, adding to the estimated 150 million metric tons already circulating there. The organization notes on its website, “That’s like dumping one New York City garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day for an entire year.” - The US nonprofit Ocean Conservancy

2) Straws made out of seaweed are coming

San Francisco startup Loliware is launching biodegradable straws this summer made out of sustainably sourced ocean-farmed kelp!

3) Sushi made from plants tastes just as delicious

Ocean Hugger Foods makes sustainable, plant-based alternatives to popular seafood proteins. For example, their product Ahimi is the world's first plant-based alternative to raw tuna, made from tomatoes.

4) Scientists have discovered how to make coral grow 40x faster

It typically takes coral 25 to 75 years to reach sexual maturity but David Vaughan at the Mote Laboratory is growing coral 40 times faster than in the wild with a new coral fragmentation method. Vaughn plans to "plant" 100,000 pieces of coral around the Florida Reef Tract by 2019 and millions more around the world in the years to come.

Akua team at an event posing for a selfie


5) Ocean pollution has a greater effect on women

“The effects of pollution and climate change on the oceans have a disproportionate impact on women. This year, we strive to build a greater ocean and gender literacy, and to discover possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea as well as policy-making and management.”

- The United Nations

6) Scientists have proven health benefits of being by water

Living by coasts leads to an improved sense of physical health and well-being and contact with water induces a meditative state that makes us happier, healthier, calmer, more creative, and more capable of awe. At team AKUA, we just call this "living the brand".

Have you entered our epic Ocean's Week Giveaway?

From swimsuits made out of recycled fish nets to ocean-loving bath and beauty care, we've teamed up with five amazing beach-loving brands to gift you $500+ in goodies for your summer holidays. And tomorrow is the last day to win so enter here!

Photo from a beach on a sunny day with lots of swimmers

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