What we can do TODAY to help the REEF:

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world, but marine scientists have concluded93% of the Reef is bleached and the entire system has reached a critical tipping point. However, there is still heaps we can do to save what is left and help restore the reef's health! From small changes in our lives to big steps to push our government to be accountable for this betrayal of the traditional land owners.

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Adventure to Conserve Fiji on a "Mermaid Retreat"

This is a trip for the adventurous of spirit. For women who love the ocean. Who want to make a difference in the world, but perhaps don't know how yet. Who want to learn how to use their VOICE! This is a trip for yogis, for mermaids, for activists, for leaders, for conservationists, for change makers! And if you don't identify with any of those yet, then definitely come along. Let me show you what being a "mermaid" means to me. Join this plastic free lifestyle for your one unique life, but also to amplify your positive ripple! Join me on a Mermaid Retreat in Fiji this July…

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PLASTIC FREE RAW VEGAN SNICKERS BARS RECIPE

When you quit plastics, you don't necessarily have to quit treats such as Snickers or other goodies wrapped in non-biodegradable plastic that could choke out sea creatures repeatedly for centuries! Today I made (practically) RAW VEGAN SNICKERS BARS. This particular alternative to plastic-wrapped candy is 100% times better for us, since it's all plant-based and almost fully raw. It doesn't take too long to whip up, nor will it last long in your house.

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NO SHARK NETS

NSW has installed a 6-month trial of SHARK NETS to reduce the risk of shark encounters on the North Coast of NSW. There are five 150 meter nets stretched across 50 kilometres of beach. Sharks can swim around, over, underneath the shark nets. The death toll of these nets, includes a protected bottlenose dolphin and at Lennox over the holiday period. Whereas 22 people drowned over the 25 day holiday period in NSW. No sharks involved. SHARK NETS MUST STOP.

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Our Local Rules to Recycle Right

Recycling is confusing. My gorgeous town has created 12 helpful rules for how we can sort our recycling to make the whole process more efficient. The less trash in our recycling bin, the more raw materials get recovered. Have a read. Suggest to your local council!

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RECYCLED FOAM SURFBOARDS

When Clark Foam, who had the monopoly on US surfboard blanks, closed suddenly due to pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005...the market was opened up to anyone with a bit of motivation and big dreams. Boards made from mushrooms to cork were popping on the scene, but it's recycled styrofoam that turned my head...

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KATE'S TRASH JAR

Building awareness of my trash, by boycotting "away" & throwing it in a jar instead.  An inventory of “Kate’s Trash” jar reveals a shocking performance for a plastic free mermaid! Clockwise from bottom left: 1. Plastic Cup (from a gig at the beach hotel...

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MERMAID RALLY to BAN Plastic Bags

It was feeling too quiet here in Australia about a ban on plastic bags, so I dusted off the seashells and we held a rally in our paradisal ocean town of Byron Bay. It’s been a year since we walked into Parliament with 12,500+ signatures requesting a ban on plastic bags...

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Buy Old Stuff: Kill Fast Fashion Before it Kills Our Planet

We might have our panties in a bunch because Trump doesn’t believe in climate change, but the truth is, those panties are one of the greatest contributors to climate change! From growing textile fibres to moving fabrics around the world, making our clothes sadly fuels this global climate crisis...

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THE SEABIN PROJECT : Interview with Pete Ceglinski, Managing Director

The Seabin is an automated rubbish bin that catches floating rubbish, oil, fuel, and detergents. It is designed for floating docks in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbours, water ways, ports and yacht clubs. The founders successfully crowdfunded to launch the Seabin into production for the marinas of the world! As a mermaid, I naturally had a few questions for the surfed-out Aussie blokes...

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CACAO MUSHROOM MORNING MAGIC AT YOUR HOME, ON YOUR TERMS

Subbing raw cacao, mushroom powder, & other magical spices for the tired, traditional, jittery coffee. Taking some time in the morning to look after myself & love up my body. Experimenting with non-conformity. Perhaps that coffee date meets at home for a mushy-cacao treat on the deck to watch the world awaken...

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BLEACHED REEFS IN THE PACIFIC

MASS BLEACHING x 2

As we process the horrific news that 25% of the Great Barrier Reef has bleached last week—only about half of which is expected to survive—I feel compelled to share my experience viewing reef in Fiji was similarly heart breaking. 

I was excited to dive amongst the rainbow reefs, but instead saw beds & bushels of snow white coral. 

In February, in addition to sustaining damage from the cyclone, Fijian coral reefs also experienced mass bleaching as the sea temperature rose to record heights...

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Converting Beach Trash to Fuel

Whilst in Fiji, I had the opportunity to test out a bit of fascinating technology that actually converts these plastics into useable oil. If we could recycle plastic found on beaches and in landfills into fuel, perhaps trash would take on more value and not be left to swarm our slowly strangled planet...

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BAN THE BAG NSW

Hundreds of mermaids per year get tangled in disposable plastic bags. Make it stop.

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