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Portable plastic-free utensils for outdoor adventures

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If you’re heading to the great outdoors this summer, PADI’s plastic-free Bamboo Travel Cutlery and Stainless Steel Straw Sets are something you’ll want to pack in your backpack.

Whether you’re on a dive or fishing trip, hiking, canoeing, trekking, walking, camping or simply going for a picnic, these handy utensils are essential for on-the-go drinking and dining – so you can enjoy your creature comforts, while taking care of the environment.

PADI®, the world’s largest ocean exploration and diver organisation is committed to reducing the use of single-use plastics and has a range of sustainable, ocean conscious options for those of us who love water – and the planet.

The company has teamed up with To-Go Ware to offer a super-stylish, reusable, bamboo utensil set that includes everything you need for outdoor dining.

PADI’s Bamboo Travel Cutlery set is made from natural, responsibly sourced bamboo and includes a knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks. Heat and stain resistant, the strong and long lasting, dishwasher-safe utensils are hand finished with top grade, natural, food-safe wood oil, that won’t impart or absorb flavours.

Utensils are contained in a lightweight, portable case made from recycled plastic bottles removed from the ocean and are available in black, red and blue.

Simply clip the carabiner on to your backpack and you’re ready for meals on the move and peace of mind that you’ve made a healthy choice for you – and the planet!

PADI’s Stainless Steel Straw Set includes an eco-friendly jute bag that holds two durable and long-lasting steel straws, engraved with the PADI logo and a handy cleaning brush, which can be carried with you wherever you go.

Unlike plastic alternatives, these food-grade straws are non-toxic and BPA free to ensure stylish – and safe, sipping.

With an estimated 40 billion plastic utensil and 8.3 billion straws used every day – most of which will never be recycled, replacing such small things with reusable items is an easy way each of us can help save marine life and will make a big impact on reducing plastic in our seas.

To date, PADI and its partners have removed and reused nearly 26,000 kg’s of plastic from the sale of gear made of recycled ocean plastic.

PADI’s Bamboo Travel Cutlery Set and Stainless Steel Straw sets can be purchased through PADIGear.net and retail at just £15.00.

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Scubaverse meet the Ullapool Sea Savers

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On a recent trip to the Highlands of Scotland we met up with an amazing bunch of ocean conservationists called the Ullapool Sea Savers. They are a passionate group of young people based in the beautiful coastal town of Ullapool who are working to protect the marine environment around them and it was a real pleasure to hear their ideas and to witness just how committed they are to their cause.

They are a group run by kids for kids, in response to the inspirational work of local marine campaigner Noel Hawkins. Their core premise is that people will protect what they love and they aim to show people just how much there is to love about the sea. The Ullapool Sea Savers keep things positive and work to inspire those around them and each other.

Each Sea Saver is a Species Champion, and they nominate their preferred species, learn all about them and then present a “fact fie” to the rest of the group. This ties in with the Species Champion Initiative launched by Scottish Environment LINK which asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions’. This has led to some great support from MSPs when it comes to campaigning, such as Maree Todd MSP and Minister for Children and Young People (who is also from Ullapool which helped!) becoming the Flameshell Species Champion and working closely with Caillin who is Flameshell Ambassador for the Ullapool Sea Savers. Similarly, Gail Ross MSP for our region, took on the role of Seagrass Species Champion and helped USS campaign against plans to allow Mechanical Kelp Extraction (Dredging!) to be given the go ahead in Scotland. There are plenty more example of this great partnering scheme here.

On top of this, the Ullapool Sea Savers have formed pods, and each small group selects a local campaign to work on, with the “New Wave” working on a “Drain Campaign” to educate people that litter dropped on the street ends up in the surrounding sea. They recently surveyed the litter by the first drain in the campaign and found over 300 cigarette butts that would have all washed out to sea during the next rainfall.

The “Blue Starfish” are working on a crisp packet recycling campaign, starting at the local school with hopes to widen the scale going forward. There is now also the newly formed Seal Pups Pod and we look forward to seeing what campaign they decide to focus on.

Many of the group have passed qualifications in snorkeling, diving, boat handling and they are currently learning to operate an ROV that they plan to use to mark underwater litter and ghost nets so it can be retrieved by divers. The group are also regularly found litter-picking along the coastline. As a group they have a powerful voice and recently won the Sunday Mail, Young Scot Awards 2021 for the Environment Category.

The older kids mentor some of the younger ones that are new to joining the group and what really struck us on meeting the group was how keen they were to pass on their wealth of knowledge and their passion for ocean conservation. We chatted to them about what we do and told them about some of our favourite marine life encounters from around the world. I hope we inspired them just a fraction as much as they inspired us! 

To find out more about the Ullapool Sea Savers you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Discover Whale Sharks in the Galapagos tomorrow with Regaldive

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Regaldive are inviting divers to join them next Wednesday for a virtual tour of the Galapagos Islands.  Marine biologist Sofía Green will give an insight into her incredible encounters with Whale Sharks.

An expert on Whale Shark behaviour, Sofía has been part of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project since 2017 and is at the forefront of global Whale Shark research. She will also be leading Regaldive’s exclusive Whale Shark Expedition in September 2022, timed to visit during prime Whale Shark season. Founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, Jonathan Green, will also be joining the Zoom event taking questions so do join them to find out more.

  • Date: Wednesday, 16 June
  • Timings: 7-8 pm (UK time)

Register via email here to book your place and let the team know if you have any questions you would like to ask Sofia and Jonathan.

www.regaldive.co.uk

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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