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BE INSPIRED

Inspiration is a catalyst of change and we hope to inspire you through insightful stories of our ocean environment and telling you about the journeys and sustainable efforts of those who inspire us!

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MIAB with Katie Colvin at CRU Kafe

Katie, marketing manager at CRU Kafe has grown up with a sustainable mindset and therefore feels just like home at CRU Kafe where sustainability is as important as the organic and fairtrade coffee they brew ☕.

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Cleaning up plastic waste in exposed countries

In order to keep our oceans blue we need to join forces and contribute to the clean-up in particularly exposed countries, where most ocean plastic originates from.

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Why organic?

CRU Kafe have only ever bought organic coffee, and are committed to making sure they always will. Learn about why we should bother about buying organic, and what difference it makes to the coffee we drink?

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COVID-19 Environmental Impact

COVID-19 has changed our lives in ways most have not experienced before. Social distancing, closed shops and travel restrictions are having an instant positive effect on our natural environment, but the question is, will it last..

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OUR OCEANS

<5% of the planet’s oceans have been explored

2018 marked the oceans’ hottest year on record

>70% of our planet’s oxygen is produced by the ocean

The oceans hold about 321 million cubic of water

More than 80% of the ocean is unmapped and unexplored

Jellyfish have been around more than half a billion years

The majority of life on Earth is aquatic

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OCEAN HEROES

Many of us will not have experienced our oceans first-hand to a degree where it has changed who we are, what we do and the way we live. We therefore find inspiration through the eyes of those that have. Our ocean heroes are surfers, canoers, ocean lovers, sailors, eco-warriors, stand-up paddle-boarders, sustainable entrepreneurs, swimmers and storytellers, and they all have at least one thing in common, they love our oceans and have shaped their lives to protect them. Dive Deeper

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Katie Colvin

Katie, marketing manager at CRU Kafe has grown up with a sustainable mindset and therefore feels just like home at CRU Kafe where sustainability is as important as the organic and fairtrade coffee they brew ☕.

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Adam Burgess

A brilliant slalom canoer that has taken on a minimalistic lifestyle to support Mother Earth. When he is not training for the 2021 Olympics he is big into his yoga and loves a good cup of specialty coffee.

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Lucy Stephens

A surfer, ocean lover, and PR communicator for businesses to and from the coast! She is also the fab host of @lephyr_ podcast which brings you exceptional stories by exceptional people!

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Clare Baranowski

A Marine Biologist, Science Communicator, SUP instructor for Travel With a Paddle; a community that combines a love of stand up paddle and environmental education. 

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Plastic pollution

1 garbage truck load of plastic enter our oceans every day

2/3 of ocean plastic comes straight from land-based sources

73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic

A plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine environment

8.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced to date

Only 9% of plastic is recycled

Plastic is killing >1.1 million seabirds and animals every year

1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute 

40% of plastic becomes waste after one use

700 species of marine life face extinction due to plastic pollution

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The Good News

Despite the grey gloom we are constantly hearing about, there are still tons of good news with everything from success stories, preservation efforts, environmental initiatives and best of all nature’s ability to fight back on its own. Here are a few stories that hopefully will make you feel hopeful and excited about the future.

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A hero in disguise

This environmental hero in disguise play a vital role in mitigating climate change and stabilizing the carbon cycle - This is seagrass meadows -

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We need to Unite

In order to keep our oceans blue we need to join forces and contribute to the clean-up in particularly exposed countries, where most ocean plastic originates from.

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COVID-19 Environmental Impact

COVID-19 has changed our lives in ways most have not experienced before. It has also had an instant positive effect on our natural environment, but will it last..

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Leatherbacks

We love leatherback sea turtles and are SO happy to hear that scientists are seeing a record number of hatchlings at the start of this year. So who are these magnificent creatures?

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Why they got started

"I started asking questions and wanting solutions without answers" - Caroline de Lezardiere

“Hearing from experts exactly how important our oceans are make me change” - Keri-Anne Payne

"Coming back from travels and realising that we live in excess of what we need" - Adam Burgess

"Whilst in Australia I saw that both environment and society was affected by plastic pollution" - Charlotte Wahlgren

"Always having to collect plastic to and from surfing with my father" - Axel Lacy

“Working with brands and understanding the importance of a transparent and sustainable supply chain” - Lucy Stephens

"My sister always talked about making our planet a better place, inspiring me to follow suit" - Katie Colvin

"I started seeing the negative affects tourism and plastic had on our oceans" - Clare Baranowski

Spotlight

There are some brilliant people, organisations, and companies out there that are inspiring us through their deep passion, sustainable initiatives and innovative ideas. They are the once that inspire us to want to do more in our lives to contribute to the solution and we have collected some of them here.

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MUST Listen: Lephyr Podcast

Ocean communicator Lucy Stephens speaks to inspiring people flowing to and from the coast, on her dynamic podcast. Find the Lephyr podcast on Spotify & Apple Podcasts and HERE!

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Join the Exxpedition

Their all-female research expeditions are a way to further understand ocean plastic pollution whilst empowering women to bring positive change to their communities. Check them out HERE and be a part of the journey!

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Why Organic?

CRU Kafe have only ever bought organic coffee, and are committed to making sure they always will. Learn HERE why should we bother about buying organic, and what difference does it make to the coffee you drink?

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A SUP Adventure

Take a trip with Travel With A Paddle and fall in love with our oceans whilst learning about them and their biodiversity from a top marine biologist. Paddle with them HERE!

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