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      Loggerhead the Lifestyle: Interview with Jack Lighton

      When you visit Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Jupiter, Florida, you really get a sense that there is so much more going on than just rehabilitating sea turtles for release. Upon further inspection you'll probably realize that education seems to be a driving force, initiated by the days that Eleanor Fletcher invited neighborhood kids to help her scoop up hatchlings that scampered into the road.

      As a former art educator and current marine life artist, I find so much inspiration after visiting each and every time. I am in awe of the staff and volunteers, and I thought it was time to share some of LMC's stories, stages, facts, and plastic-free initiatives with you all through this interview. Jack Lighton, President and CEO explains that "the sea turtle tells the health of the ocean," and takes us on a journey of understanding why (whether the sea turtle is your spirit animal or not) we need to look closely at them to know what to do next.

      I broke the interview into 3 parts below; Loggerhead the Lifestyle, Simple Solutions, and Then and Now. Please comment with any questions or ideas, or feel free to contact LMC. You can also plan your visit through their website.

      Part 1: Loggerhead the Lifestyle

      Part 2: Simple Solutions

      Part 3: Then and Now

       

      Small Business Saturday Highlight: One World- Zero Waste

      Small Business Saturday Highlight: One World- Zero Waste
      For this year's Small Business Saturday I asked my friends, Elana and Stephen Smith, at One World- Zero Waste if they would be willing to interview with me. If you have been following along with my plastic-free Thursdays on Instagram, you know they have been featured many times, especially when I was first starting out. I was learning the basics, and have been sharing everything with you as I continue to learn, but it really all started for me there.

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      Painting for Hog Snappers Shack and Sushi Restaurant

      Painting for Hog Snappers Shack and Sushi Restaurant

      It was such a pleasure painting for and getting to know this awesome couple, and I wanted to share how they have been working toward an Eco-friendly dining experience. Hog Snappers is one of the first to be a part of Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Blue Table program. There are certain criteria to be apart of the pilot program like, no plastic bags to go, silverware and straws only upon request, etc. but these owners took it above and beyond! In the video, you'll see how they have been raising the bar for all local restaurants and inspiring so many people throughout Palm Beach County in doing so! The Florida Night Octopus original is on display at the restaurant, but you can purchase a print in several different sizes over in the shop.

       

      Plastic-free tips by Level (Beginner, Advanced and All-Out Conservationist): Interview with Morgan Knowles

      Plastic-free tips by Level (Beginner, Advanced and All-Out Conservationist): Interview with Morgan Knowles
      As we close out Plastic-free July, I wanted to do a little send off with some great tips to help remind us that we aren't finished yet. This is a journey we need to be on for awhile, and we need to bring as many friends with us as we can! Morgan Knowles has been working hard on creating her own zero-waste lifestyle for a lot longer than the last 2 months, and I thought she could share some great tips and reminders for whatever level you're at right now!

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      PLASTIC-FREE JUNE, JULY... AND BEYOND!

      PLASTIC-FREE JUNE, JULY... AND BEYOND!
      I didn't know there was a plastic- free July when I decided to set out on a plastic-free June. I just knew that World Oceans Day and my birthday were in June and I wanted to make a bigger difference this year. I am going to participate in both, and needed some direction!

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