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Sustainable Business

This is not your business-as-usual section, our articles cover blue economy initiatives, sustainable practices and profile inspiring stories that give insights on how you can apply sustainable practices in building your business.

These articles are written by ocean people who have turned their passion into profits, they offer guidelines for marine tourism and dive travel providers, dive operators, eco-resort managers and live-aboard captains. If you want to find sustainable ways forward, we have a special place for you.

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions… in a way that serves the world and you.” Sir Richard Branson
Life Beyond Plastics: Make Your Next Vacation Sustainable!

Life Beyond Plastics: Make Your Next Vacation Sustainable!

The Blue Ocean Network has covered ocean plastic pollution from a variety of angles, but mostly from the “Big Picture” view. We want to use our experience in Orlando, Florida to help you make your next vacation sustainable. Today, let’s talk about how you as an...

The Real Cost of Your Next Pair of Jeans

The Real Cost of Your Next Pair of Jeans

We love our jeans. So much so that the average American consumer buying four pairs a year. In our family, we are always looking for jeans on sale to be thrifty. But do we fully understand the real environmental cost of our next pair of jeans? Most people have never...

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

Two related stories recently crossed our desks that raise profound questions for how we can use aquaculture and the bounty of the sea to feed the world.   Sciencedaily.com just published an article detailing how, through aquaculture, only a tiny fraction of the...

Shrimp Farming, a Cocktail of Controversy

Shrimp Farming, a Cocktail of Controversy

I grew up in Missouri, that’s a long way from the Gulf Coast, so it was always a real treat to sit at a seaside dive and order up a platter of fresh shrimp smothered in hot sauce, delivered directly from the fishermen anchored nearby. How things have changed. The...

Coral Reef Gardening: Try Voluntourism when next in Paradise

Coral Reef Gardening: Try Voluntourism when next in Paradise

Here’s a great idea for your next vacation. Pick a tropical island paradise--Fiji for example. Get wet in the pristine waters and break out the scuba gear. But most important, turn your vacation from tourism to voluntourism. Become a citizen scientist on a mission....

Hoping to Turn the Tide on Bali’s Plastic Pollution

Hoping to Turn the Tide on Bali’s Plastic Pollution

The island paradise of Bali has had some bad press lately, mostly a result of a number of international stories regarding the incredible amount of plastic waste that is washing ashore on Bali’s beaches and floating in Bali’s waters. In this article we are taking a...

Is the Internal Combustion Engine running on fumes?

Is the Internal Combustion Engine running on fumes?

Today the great majority of vehicles are still equipped with internal combustion engines but we have been seeing countless news items that portend some big changes down the road. So is the Internal Combustion Engine running on fumes? Let's find out!   In the U.S....

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