Rum and beach bag collaboration is ending plastic pollution

December 24, 2021 by  
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What do you get when you combine companies who are passionate about ocean conservation with beach-inspired products? A collaboration that adds up to rum, beach bags and benefits to the environment .  Mount Gay Rum, the oldest running rum distillery in the world, paired up with Sea Bags, a Portland, Maine-based company who has been making totes and bags from recycled sail cloth since 2006. The two companies are raising money to benefit 4ocean’s Pound + Program, whose mission is to end the plastic pollution in our oceans. The team also includes actor and environmentalist Adrian Grenier. The resulting Mount Gay x Sea Bags Ocean Currents Collection features two bags, both made in the USA on a limited basis.  Related: This distillery helps you make delicious, carbon-negative cocktails “The plastic crisis in our oceans continues to grow, and collectively we need to support conservation efforts and raise awareness around ocean health or we will lose one of Earth’s greatest assets,” said actor and environmentalist Adrian?Grenier. “Working with Mount Gay Rum and Sea Bags to create the sustainable Ocean Currents Collection furthers our shared goal and serves to inspire others to help protect the ocean, while offering a sustainable gift just in time for the holidays.”??  The Ocean Currents Tote celebrates the groups’ efforts to protect the ocean with a map of water currents as the primary design. Each tote is made from recycled sails that would likely be able to tell a story of the Caribbean, rum and history of sailing in the region. Hand-spliced hemp rope handles further set the tone for a connection with plants and water. A red base contrasts the body of the bag, bringing nautical colors into the mix. It’s large enough for an afternoon outing or a weekend away, yet compact enough for easy storage.  The iconic Mount Gay Rum logo speaks to the long history of rum in the region. The distillery dates back to 1703. Even today, Mount Gay Rum has a unique connection with the ocean, since the salty seawater directly contributes to the flavors in Mount Gay Rum. The process for making the rum dates back 300 years, yet has changed very little with the ocean, providing the salt-infused air and coral naturally filtering water for the distilling.  Without the ocean surrounding Barbados, Mount Gay Distillery would not be able to hold on to their heritage. The company has a mission to give back, protecting the ocean by donating a portion of each tote to a non-profit working to clean up the damage humans have caused to the waters. The contributions will result in the removal of trash for each tote sold. This isn’t Mount Gay’s first foray into ocean initiatives. In its long-standing work with 4ocean, the brand has helped remove 20,000 pounds of plastic from the world’s oceans. “Our new?partnership with Sea Bags is an important?step?in our ongoing efforts to conserve the ocean,” said Ian?McLernon, President and CEO Americas at Rémy Cointreau (owner of Mount Gay Distillery). “Mount Gay and sailing have a storied, interwoven relationship and we are proud to be united in our mission to protect the ocean, while encouraging our community to take action for a more sustainable future.”?  The second bag is called the Ocean Currents Beverage Bucket. Also made from recycled sails and other materials, the Beverage Bucket was created to celebrate the ocean with a trip to the beach or an outing on the sailboat. Each bag features six pouches to hold bottles of rum or other beverages and supplies. The center of the buckets hold ice to keep your selections chilled. A grommet in the bottom allows melted ice to drain. Simply load and go for cocktails by the lake or at the beach. Each purchase funds the removal of one pound of waste in the ocean and along the coastlines. This year Sea Bags earned GreenCircle Certification for recycled content on these iconic Totes and Bucket Bags.  4ocean?tries to make it easy for businesses to help support their mission of ending ocean plastic pollution . It works to clean the ocean and eliminate the inflow of plastic from the waterways and beaches along the shore. 4ocean is a business that funds cleanups, provides jobs, contributes to local communities and continues to invest in technologies to advance their purpose. It also makes regular donations to marine conservation organizations.  Personal review When I heard about this campaign, I instantly fell in love with the idea of using recycled sails and the nautical theme on each of the bags. The company offered to send a sample and I readily agreed. However, instead of receiving a bag, I received a fifth of Mount Gay Barbados Rum. Winning! After all, how can I fail to find joy in a surprise gift like that.  But, down to business. I’ve traveled through the Caribbean . In fact, I’ve tasted flights of rum on the island of Barbados. The history of rum throughout the region cannot be denied. It’s culture is ingrained in generations of people throughout the region. A worker at a distillery on the island told me even children commonly sample rum, in the same way wine is served at every table in Italy regardless of age.  The bottle they sent was a Black Barrel Double Cask Blend. It has a rich, caramel coloring and distinct rum scent. Since this is a blend, it’s a combination of other rums made by Mount Gay. If you’re familiar with the brand, you might recognize some of the flavors. Personally, I picked up on a sweet overtone of brown sugar or molasses and a finish of the bourbon oak barrel where it aged. This is a smooth rum. I look forward to mixing with it and drinking it by the fire on a cold winter’s night. Cheers! + Mount Gay and Sea Bags  Images via Mount Gay and Sea Bags   Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by Sea Bags. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own. 

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Will promises from world leaders at COP26 actually happen?

November 2, 2021 by  
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Leaders from around the world are meeting in Glasgow this week for a major summit on climate change. The 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26 for short, includes almost every country in the world. In addition to world leaders, tens of thousands of government representatives, negotiators, businesspeople and concerned citizens have descended upon Scotland for twelve days of intense discussion. Here’s a little of what’s happened since COP26 started on Halloween. First of all, some important folks are missing. Many leaders of Pacific Island nations — those more directly affected by climate change because they’re likeliest to disappear — couldn’t overcome the economic barriers and pandemic restrictions to attend. Only the leaders of Fiji, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea and Palau managed to get to Glasgow. Related: Officials worry COP26 climate conference is at “high risk of failure” Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados , spoke about overseeing an island threatened by rising seas. He also voiced frustrations that the most powerful countries weren’t doing enough to stem climate change. “Those who need to make the decisions are kicking the can down the road, and they believe that they can, because they are not seeing us — they see themselves,” she said, as reported by CNN. “For them, they don’t reach that period of peril for another 15 to 20 years… there are a lot of us who are going to be affected before Shanghai and Miami.”  Many countries are making promises, some more specific than others. The Brazilian delegation explained how they plan to end all illegal deforestation by 2028. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison talked about how Australia will lower its emissions 35% by 2030, which is actually one of the weaker pledges among developed nations. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged that India will hit net zero emissions by 2070. This is quite a while away, but as he pointed out, India is not chiefly responsible for the problem. “I’m happy to report that a developing country like India, which is working to lift millions out of poverty and working on their ease of living, accounts for 17% of the world’s population but only 5% of the world’s carbon emissions,” Modi said Monday, as reported by CNN. “But it has not left any stone unturned in fulfilling its promise, and the whole world agrees that India is the only big economy that has delivered on the Paris Agreement in letter and spirit.” China is currently the leading carbon emitter. President Xi Jinping is not attending COP26 in person. But he made vague promises in a written address about how China will “rein in the irrational development of energy-intensive and high-emission projects.” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett discussed his plan for Israel to be a “climate innovation nation” and to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The small desert country has already proven itself innovative in water management. Bennett encouraged entrepreneurs around the world to launch startups that would address climate solutions.  “We’re in this together,” Mottley of Barbados emphasized. “If you haven’t learned from the pandemic that all of us are suffering, then you will not learn from anything. We need to move together.” Via CNN Lead image via Pexels

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