9 Tips for Reducing Plastic Waste

Australia produces 3 million tonnes of plastic every year, with a staggering 130,000 tonnes finding its way into the ocean annually. Below are 9 tips you can implement straight away to help reduce your plastic footprint and protect our oceans.

  1. Seek Knowledge
    Watch documentaries, follow conservation groups on social media, read articles, sign petitions.
  2. Ditch Biggest Offenders
    Plastic Bags – Get in the habit of taking reusable bags when you go to the shops
    Plastic Bottles – Use a reusable drink bottle, we recommend Fit Flask of course
    Plastic Straws – When ordering drinks, say “no straw please!”
    Coffee Cups – 2.7 million single-use coffee cups are used in Australia DAILY. Use a keep-cup instead.
  3. Pack a Waste Free Lunch
    Reusable lunch containers or biodegradable sandwich bags can be purchased from the supermarket.  Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  4. Be Responsible
    Sometimes buying plastic can be unavoidable, and that’s okay. But if you purchase it, ensure you dispose of it correctly to help to safeguard our waterways and marine life.
  5. Buy Boxes Instead of Bottles
    Often, products like laundry detergent or dish-wash powder have the option of plastic or cardboard containers. Cardboard is more easily recycled than plastic.
  6. Buy in Bulk
    Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging.
  7. BYO Containers
    Bring your own containers to restaurants to package leftovers and be sure to request they don’t pack plastic cutlery.
  8. Use Cloth Rags
    For clean up around the house, not paper towels – reduces your waste and need for rubbish bags.
  9. Buy Fresh, Not Frozen
    Buying frozen foods and produce uses a lot of unnecessary plastic packaging. Even the frozen pizza boxes that seem to be made of cardboard are actually lined with plastic. By avoiding the frozen foods section and buying fresh, you are cutting out the plastic packaging used to preserve such options.

10 Amazing Facts about Yoga

Source: thegoodbody.com

  1. Yoga is over 5000 years old!
  2. Male yoga practitioners are known as ‘yogis’, female practitioners are known as ‘yoginis’
  3. There are more than 100 styles of yoga
  4. The word yoga comes from the Sanskit language and means ‘union’
  5. The first yoga mat was created in 1982 by Angela Farmer who used carpet underlay to create a sticky surface while teaching yoga
  6. Yoga boosts your immune system – According to a recent Norwegian study, which looked at the health benefits of yoga in relation to the immune system, findings showed that practicing yoga caused molecular changes that encouraged the circulation of immune cells
  7. Regular yoga can help ease stress, depression and anxiety
  8. Yoga has 84 basic poses
  9. George Harrison from the Beatles was a famous yogi
  10. Prisoners in India can reduce their sentence by getting top marks in a yoga test

12 Amazing Facts About the Ocean

SourceThe Earth’s oceans are a world of mystery, wonder and beauty. Here are 12 amazing facts about the ocean that will make you appreciate our blue planet more than ever.

1. 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans.
It’s hard to imagine, but about 97% of the Earth’s water can be found in our ocean. Of the tiny percentage that’s not in the ocean, about 2% is frozen up in glaciers and ice caps. Less than 1% of all the water on Earth is fresh.

2. Marine species outnumber those on land.
95% of life on earth is aquatic and we still only know a fraction of the marine species in our oceans. According to the World Register of Marine Species there are now 240,470 accepted Marine species.

3. The sea level has risen between 10-25 cm over the past 100 years. 
10,000 years ago the ocean level was about 110 m lower than it is now.

4. If all the world’s ice melted, the oceans would rise 66 m.

5. Over 70% of our planet’s oxygen is produced by the ocean.
It’s thought that between 70-80% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants, nearly all of which are marine algae.

6. The deepest known point of the Earth’s oceans is 11KM!
This area is known as the Mariana Trench.

7. The planet’s longest mountain range is underwater and is 10 times longer than the Andes.
The Mid-Oceanic Ridge is a continuous range of underwater volcanoes. It wraps around the globe like seams on a baseball and is 65,000 kilometers long.

8. The speed of sound in water is 1,435 m/sec – nearly five times faster than the speed of sound in air.

9. The record for the deepest free-dive is an astounding 214m!
Held by Austrian freediver Herbert Nitsch “the Deepest Man on Earth”.

10. Most of earth’s volcanic activity happens in the ocean.
The largest known concentration of active volcanoes is in the South Pacific containing a whopping 1,133 volcanoes.

11. The world’s largest living structure is in the ocean.
It’s the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The reef spreads out over an area of 348,700 km² and is so huge it can actually be seen from outer space.

12. There thought to be 3 million shipwrecks in the ocean.
Meaning there are more historic artefacts under the sea than in all of the world’s museums.

Sources: www.trafalgar.com | www.natgeokids.com | marinebio.org | oceanservice.noaa.gov

Spending More Time at Home is the Perfect Time to Learn About Our Great Oceans. Thanks to Marine Conservation Australia for this list of must watch shows.

1. Chasing Coral
In Chasing Coral you’ll find out just how sophisticated our coral reefs really are. Following a team of scientists and divers as they document the world’s coral reefs and the threats they face.

2. David Attenborough’s Blue Planet I & II
“Surely we have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet”
Everything you ever wanted to know about our beautiful blue planet. There are two seasons, each with eight episodes, and it’s narrated by the legendary David Attenborough and features an original score by legendary composer Hans Zimmer.

3. Dr Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue
“If others had an opportunity to witness what I have seen in my lifetime, from thousands of hours underwater, I wouldn’t seem like a radical at all”

Legendary oceanographer, Dr Sylvia Earle, has spent her life diving in remarkable places around the world. In this Emmy Award Winning documentary, she wants to inspire you to not only explore our oceans but take action to protect them as well. Find out about what Dr Earle describes as “Hope Spots” and why marine protections are vital to restoring our ocean’s health.

4. The Deep
The Deep is perfect for kids! The Deep follows The Nektons, who are a family of underwater explorers. Follow them as they encounter sea monsters, pirates and other perils on their quest to learn the ocean’s secrets.

5. Octonauts
Another cartoon series that is perfect for kids! The Octonauts is about an intrepid band of explorers roam the oceans in search of adventure and fun. Best part is that you can watch Octonauts for free on ABC iView.

6. Saltwater Secrets
Tune into the AMCS Facebook page to watch two original productions about our Top End coasts and the people who rely on them.

7. A Plastic Ocean
If this doesn’t make you want to quit plastic and urge businesses and governments to implement change, then we don’t know what will! Follow the filmmakers as they investigates the plastic pollution that’s choking our oceans.

8. Shark by BBC Earth
Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, Shark explores the complex nature of these magnificent creatures’ survival instincts.

Isolation Workout – Beginner to Advanced

Home isolation is the new way of life for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we should be grinding to a halt. Now more than ever it is important to take care of our mental and physical health.

Here are 3 simple workout circuits designed to keep you moving at home:

Beginner: 1 set of each
Intermediate: 2 sets of each
Advanced: 3 sets of each

Circuit #1
15 push-ups
15 burpees
1 minute plank

Circuit #2
20 jump lunges
15 jump squats
20 mountain climbers

Circuit #3
15 triceps dips (use a chair or coffee table)
1 minute wall sit
15 reverse crunch

Always remember to warm up, stretch afterwards and stay hydrated. Fit Flask is your hydration partner for keeping fit; fill it with cold water and it will stay cold for 24 hours!