How to Deal with Plastic in Bermuda

This post is something that means a lot to me and hopefully can be helpful.  Many  Bermudians realize that Bermuda does not recycle plastic.  When I’ve looked into this issue, I’ve gotten a range of responses saying it’s too expensive, we don’t have enough space on the island for a recycling plant or that burning plastic is actually better for our planet (umm?).  Regardless of the reason, it seems that we’re not going to implement a plastic recycling plan anytime soon so in the meantime it’s important to try to REDUCE our use of plastic.  I’m outlining some ideas of how to get Bermudians involved and aware about plastic consumption.

1.  Say NO to plastic bags

  • Many cities and towns in the United States have placed charges or outright banned plastic bags.  While this is not the case in Bermuda (yet??) consumers can do our own part to reduce15626572_1613080358999348_4280952232082670923_o.jpghow many plastic bags we use.  The best way to reduce your plastic bag usage is by bringing your own bag when you shop!  My favourite local company for reusable tote bags is Bermunitees – their merchandise will guarantee to make you proud to be Bermudian!  To make it even better, some of their proceeds go towards local charities.

 

2.  Support local ‘green’ businesses 

  • There are quite a few businesses and companies that have taken the initiative to ‘go green’ and make the effort to provide eco services that the consumer can feel good about!  Nonna’s Kitchen encourages people to reuse bags by charging a small fee for single-use bags provided by the restaurant.  Nonna’s Kitchen is the first business in Bermuda to adopt this initiative!  The money from the bag charge will be used to plant endemic trees in Bermuda’s nature reserves.  Rock Island Coffee also offers a discount for anyone that orders coffee or tea and brings their own reusable coffee cup.  Take the initiative to find out what sort of green efforts your favourite local companies are making and encourage them to become more eco-friendly!

3.   Say NO to plastic straws

  • Oh man I can’t even handle how bad and wasteful plastic straws are.  While plastic bags are bad, there is sometimes hope that people may reuse them but plastic straws are almost never reused (it’s practically impossible/ unhygienicProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetto do so).  You can either avoid using straws all together or if you’re like me and you feel your drink just tastes that much better out of a straw, you can bring your own!  Luckily there’s companies out there that sell reusable straws!  This one is a little harder to get into the habit of but once you’re used to it, it’s super easy to remember and make an impact.  Salt and Cedar sells glass reusable straws (the one pictured here) and they can be delivered anywhere on the island!

4.  Reuse your take-out containers

  • So this is one I’ve gotten a few weird looks for but it’s definitely worth it and people are starting to catch on!  Instead of throwing out your plastic containers, wash them out and bring them back to put your next take-out meal in them.  You can also use them for leftovers at home instead of buying new containers.

5. Buy a reusable water bottle

  • One of the best ways to reduce plastic use is by not using disposable bottled water.  Water is a life source so why are we even paying for it in the first place??  Tap water in Bermuda is perfectly safe to drink since we’ve perfected the system of catching fresh water on our rooftops.  Instead of buying bottled water, you can buy reusable bottles and refill them.  There’s a few stores in Bermuda that sell reusable water bottles that are not only good for the environment but look good too!  There’s a couple great places on the island to get reusable water bottles.  ESC Limited sells Corksicle Bottles and Atelerie sells S’well Bottles – I have to admit I can’t decide which is better so I own both in different sizes!

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I hope this list helps Bermudians to change some habits and reduce their use of plastic!  If any readers know of or are involved in any eco-friendly or plastic-reducing initiatives please comment or send me a message, I’d love to hear!

 

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Bermies

Who They Are

Shopping for the man in your life can be hard but if your man loves the water and the outdoors, then Bermies is the perfect gift!  Bermies is a new line of swimwear born in my hometown of Bermuda.  This brand is close to my heart since it pays tribute to the island of Bermuda and its beauty.  This line uses bright colors and patterns inspired by Bermuda’s beautiful waters and pink sand beaches.  They have a wide range of patterns including sharks, turtles, sailboats, and maps of Bermuda.  Their shorts are cut a bit shorter than the classic board short (available in two different lengths) for the confident man to show off.  They are flexible, breathable, and quick-drying.

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The Bermies man is someone who loves adventure and lives life to the fullest.  Men have been seen wearing these awesome shorts all around the world from surfing in Bali to sailing in Bermuda.  If you want to follow their efforts and be a part of their community you can follow their Instagram account (@bermies) where customers from around the world are featured.

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Sustainability & Giving Back

I really value environmental conservation and I spend lots of my time outdoors.  In particular, I think that the ocean’s worth is too often underestimated.  From a very young age I have been extremely interested in the ocean and have developed a passion for learning about it and wanting to protect it.  The awesome thing about Bermies is that they share that same passion for the ocean!  A big problem that faces our oceans is that plastic pollution and debris is being eaten by seabirds, whales, sea turtles, and other marine life.  In order to help our oceans, Bermies donates 10% of its profits to help clean up our oceans as well as protect marine life.  They work with The Ocean Cleanup, which is a Dutch non-profit organization whose efforts are focused towards reducing plastic pollution.  Bermies also works with Ocean Conservancy, which is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group that helps formulate ocean policy.

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Learn more about them & check out their swimwear:  Bermies

Watch the video below to learn more about this awesome brand and if you want to pledge to help them kickstart the company, you can donate here: BermiesKickstarter  Depending how much you pledge, you can receive free merchandise or even get a pair of Bermies for as low as $25!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bermies/bermies-mens-swimwear/widget/card.html?v=2

Novah Swimwear – A Bermuda Born Company

I was born in Bermuda and spend most of my time on or in the water.  Since I love the ocean and swimming, most of my fashion and shopping obsessions are bikinis.  My favorite swimwear line is by far Novah Swimwear and it helps that the line was born from the dream of Bermudian native, Madeline White.  Madeline draws her inspiration from countless days spent in Bermuda’s beautiful ocean and a love for the sea.  Novah Swimwear embodies the lifestyle of the carefree girl whose ideal life would be spent in a bikini traveling and exploring.  The company has built a strong following on social media, and girls from around the world are raving about their suits.  I love that, despite this popularity, Madeline stays true to her roots and often features models from Bermuda.

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Rocking my Novah bikini in Galaxy print!

Their prints are so unique and the cut of their swimsuits are perfect for any adventurous activities.  The fabrics used are extremely high quality and I’ve noticed that my swimsuits have kept their color and shape throughout many uses.  What I love most about these swimsuits is how easy they are to mix and match.  A lot of their tops and bottoms have the same color options so you can choose a favorite color or pattern and then mix and match which styles you like best.

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Their sizing runs fairly true to size but you can size down if you’d like a more snug fit.  For reference, I am a 32C bust and wear pant size 25-26 inch.  I’ve found I like to wear an XS top and Small bottoms but can go either way between the two sizes.

Check them out here: Novah Swimwear

I love all of the great companies that are coming out of Bermuda and I also love when beautiful Bermudians are featured!  I’m excited to see what more is going to come out of our amazing island!

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Bermudian models:  Laura Burns, Amanda Burns

Artsy Fartsy Art Major

Okay so I just started my last ever semester of college, which is crazy!! I can’t even believe it.  I have so many things going on this semester but something I’m so excited about is that I get to work on a Digital Art project for my final project for my Studio Art major.   The best thing about it is that it will be on exhibition for a week!  The piece will be an installation with projections of videos and sounds on the walls.

It’ll be based on the video piece that I made below.  It was so fun to film all the underwater footage and combine my love for the water with my love for Digital Art.

I’m so excited to continue working on it the next couple of months!  Stay tuned for the final product!

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