7 Simple Ways to Protect MOTHER EARTH

MOTHER EARTH… Isn’t she Beautiful?

Our Planet… Our Home… There is No Away.

We believe protecting Our Planet starts with YOU and that everyone’s small efforts help!

So we put together 10 Simple Ways to Protect Mother Earth:

1- Reduce, Reuse + Recycle

Say NO to single use plastic & help reduce the amount of waste we create. Here are 5 Ways to Rise Above Plastic.

Choose re-usable alternatives instead. Here are 7 Heathier & Better Alternatives to Single Use Plastic.

When you can’t avoid plastic, choose containers that are recyclable & recycle them properly.

2- Shop Wisely

Every time you make a purchase you are casting a vote for how you want the work to be, so choose wisely.

Choose organic, local + sustainable when shopping at the grocery store, and choose products preferably not packaged (bring your re-usable bags) or package in eco-friendly packaging (biodegradable or recycled).

Choose non-toxic chemicals + natural options to cleaning products and self care products. Don’t send all those nasty chemicals into our waterways, polluting and harming them and our oceans.

Support local + sustainable brands that use eco-friendly materials and produce their products causing the least amount of harm to the environment.  Here are  5 High Value Products made with Recycled Materials that Help to Clean our Oceans!

3- Repair Old Clothes + Home Goods

Before replacing something, check and see if it can be repaired.

Choose quality products that are made to last a long time when shopping.

Say no to fast fashion, they are one of the biggest contributors to trash that ends up in our landfills.

4- Bike + Walk More, Drive Less

Less carbon consumption and a great way to stay active for a healthier + happier you! Good for the Planet + Good for you! Win win situation!

5- Conserve Water + Energy

The less water you use, the runoff and wastewater that will eventually end up in our oceans.

Turn the light off when you leave the room. Unplug and turn electronic devices off when overnight and when you are not using them.

Choose energy efficient light bulbs, they reduce greenhouse emission and save you money in the long run.

6- Educate Yourself + Others

Education is Power. When you educate yourself, you can help others understand the importance of our natural resources.

7- Volunteer

Join the movement! Get involved! Volunteer for clean ups in your community and help protect our natural areas.

Inspiring Water Women Series: Meet Layna Moehl

An avid diver, surfer, paddler, yogi, traveler and wildlife enthusiast, Layna Moehl, shares with us her deepest passions and what keeps her motivated to spread ocean conservation through education, all while sharing the love and beauty of nature in all its forms.

From growing up on the beautiful shores of Florida, I have always been mesmerized by the ocean.

Spending almost all my free time at the beach I developed a strong connection to all types of coastal habitats and all the unique critters that inhabit them.

Throughout the years I have seen the shores change, increased amount of trash smothering the mangroves and shorelines, a decline in the beautiful Coral reefs offshore and an increase in fishing/harvesting of marine life.

It got to a point when I couldn’t even enjoy a simple beach walk because it just always turned into a trash clean up. These negative changes encouraged me to pursue my education in Marine Environmental ecology.

Attending UNF I participated in projects such as coral replanting, shark/fish population monitoring and mangrove/oyster habitat rehabilitation.

Shortly after school I traveled around the Caribbean and south Pacific still running into these environmental issues all over the world.

I then returned to Florida and started working for the Bureau of Land Management in a special piece of historical/natural land at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area.

Here we attempted many projects to reduce erosion, replant mangroves, build safe walking trails to not disturb the pristine habitat around and most importantly educated the public on environmental stewardship.

The most successful and rewarding projects were simply the community coastal clean-ups I held at least once a month. We got hundreds of participants to come help clean up all the garbage polluting these beautiful habitats.  This is how I discovered MG Surfline and joined their mission for a plastic free world!

Since then we have held countless cleanups all over the community together. I led multiple sunrise yoga clean ups linking yoga/mediation with sustainability and a deeper connection to nature. We also invited musicians to come play along during the yoga clean ups, linked up with eco-nonprofits around the community and helped with huge events all in favor of environmental conservation.

I have found that connecting my love for yoga and protecting the earth go hand in hand bringing all types of people together for one common goal, protect this earth we live on!

While still participating in these community clean ups and charity yoga events I am currently a research assistant for Florida Hawksbill Project and Wildlife Naturalist for Palm Beach county.

I am now teaming up with the Florida Hawksbill Project, The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation, the Ocean Foundation and Breathe Salt Yoga in a yoga and volunteer retreat in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands this July.

We will be assisting baby leatherback hatchlings through the trials and tribulations just to get back home to the ocean, while protecting their pristine habitat from invasive species, erosion and anthropogenic impacts along the way.

Photo by Jennifer Idol

On this journey you will tap into the same challenges your soul experiences as you too are on this same journey in life. This rustic adventure will help you connect to nature and the healing power it offers once you step away and disconnect.

Yoga, snorkeling, volunteering, adventuring and so much more. Portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Ocean Foundation and The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.

If you are interested in joining Layna in this purposeful Yoga Retreat in St. Croix sign up at: www.breathsaltyoga.com.

Designed by Women for Women – Discover NEW Amazing Brands!

Did you know MG Surfline is women owned?

Yes!  And we are all about Women Supporting Women.  

At the Title Nine’s Movers and Makers Pitch Fest we were lucky to meet amazing and talented boss ladies making waves with innovative products.

We shared some amazing moments that weekend and have kept in touch ever since, cheering and supporting each other along the way.

We wanted to take the time to highlight and support two of our fellow T9 Pitch Fest finalists who are currently launching amazing new brands made sustainably + ethically!

Check out their amazing products below.  PLUS get early bird special prices by supporting their campaigns!

LISBETH JOE  –  Fashionable Barefoot Inspired Shoes

Founder and designer Leontyne Ashmore wanted a shoe that allowed for better foot health without sacrificing style.
Her minimalist shoes are comfortable + cute made to wear confidently to work, formal evenings, dinner dates and at home!

SHE FLY  –  Answer Nature’s Call

These ladies design a layerable line of outdoor pants for women that allows us to comfortably, safely, and easily relieve ourselves in the outdoors without exposing skin to the elements or other people.
#PeeEmpowered!

We know how difficult it is to launch a new brand and how important it is to have the support of a female community. So we want to pay it forward and give back to these wonderful ladies who are not only shaking up the fashion industry with their approach, but also designing amazing products to meet our needs as women on the go!

We are planing to launch our very own campaign too!

If you’re interested and want to stay in the loop SIGN UP HERE and join our community of passionate water women + ocean advocates.

 

5 Ways to Spring Clean your Mind Body and Soul for a Healthier Happier You

How good does it feel after you Spring Clean around your home?
There is a sense of accomplishment, we get rid of the old and make room for the new or simply have more space to enjoy.

Same goes for our mind, body and soul.
The benefits are a healthier + happier you!

Here are 5 ways to Spring Clean your Mind Body and Soul.

Spend time in Nature.

Being outside is known to improve your health.Stress is relieved by Mother Nature’s therapy.

Make time each day to be in Nature. It can be as simple as a quiet walk at sunset.

Make time to Move.

We know how important exercise is to our wellbeing and health.

Many of us don’t have a spare hour to hit the gym and workout. But simple adjustments in our daily lives can make a huge difference and make us simply feel good.

Here are some suggestions:

Stand upand walk every time you are on the phone.

At work set an alarm on your phone for every 30 minutes. Once the alarm goes off stop what you are doing and do 10 jumping jacks or simply get up for a full body stretch. You will notice an increase in concentration and creativity.

Make it a habit to do yoga or stretch when you wake up or before going to bed for 15 minutes. To make something a habit commit to it for 30 days, after that it will start to come naturally. Just like brushing your teeth before bed. And trust me, after you are done doing yoga it will feel so good and you will be so grateful you did it.

Pick up a hobby and do something you love! We love to surf, kiteboard, free dive, stand up paddle board and really anything in the water. When you do something that is fun, the workout doesn’t feel like work. Plus you get the benefits of being out in Nature too.

Our eco-collection pieces are Made to Move with You.
HAVE CONFIDENCE + PEACE OF MIND
with Swim & Activewear that looks good & stays on.

Eat healthy. 

Food nourishes you and has the power to help you feel your best.At the super market we are saturated with options, but these simple guidelines will help.

Fresh is best. Avoid processed foods.

Look at your ingredients, general rule of thumb, less is best.

Avoid ingredients such as palm oil and other trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated anything, artificial sweeteners and coloring.

Look for certified organic and non-GMO labels, for profit companies try to confuse you with words like natural and green imagery on the box, don’t let them.

Purge what you don’t need. 

Purge not just all the extra stuff hiding in the back of the closet, but also unhealthy habits, social commitments that you no longer enjoy, negative self talk, anything that you feel drains your energy or brings you down. Priorities change through the course of our life and that’s ok, if it doesn’t make you happy why do it?

So head to your closets, your calendar, check your habits and your self talk to see what can be purged to lighten the load and improve your life.

If you constantly feel like you don’t have enough time, taking away all that doesn’t serve you will give you enough time to do what you love.

Unplug. 

You would be surprised how much time you actually spend in front of a screen, your phone, computer and TV.  Unplugging is just another way to make more time for yourself and to do what you love.

Start by unplugging every evening after work.

When having a meal with family or friends keep the phone tucked away, even just it’s presence on the table is distracting you from enjoying the moment and truly connecting with the ones you care about.

To take it even further you can challenge yourself to unplug for a whole weekend or on your next vacation.

If you haven’t already try meditation.  Meditation is known to reduce stress and improve emotional health. Our brand ambassador Audrey Sutton Mills breaks down meditation in 5 easy steps in her podcast Soul School with Audrey available on iTunes. Have a listen here!

You’ll soon find that doing other things that are better for you with your extra time equals a healthier + happier you!

At MG Surfline part of our mission is to inspire a happy, active, healthy and sustainable way of life.  We want to help you live your best life!

Leave us a comment! We would love to hear how you make time to do what you love. And if you are using any of our tips let us know how it’s going.

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5 High Value Products made with Recycled Materials that Help to Clean our Oceans!

Up-cycling • Creative Reuse is part of Our Life & Style

Imagine plastic as a resource to be captured and re-used to create high value products.  The technology exists to transform plastic bottles into fibers which can be used to make all kinds of products including swimwear, board shorts, clothing, running shoes, skateboards and more!

We are stoked to be a part of a global movement for a better, healthier and happier world. We have recycled and repurposed 20,208 plastic bottles to this day with our first Eco-Collection. And we want to hank you all for being a part of our movement and community!

The positive impact our community has made to this day and we are looking forward to making an even bigger difference in the near future.

 

5 High Value Up-cycled Products that Help to Clean our Oceans

We wanted to share with you our favorite up-cycled products all made with recycled materials by companies stepping outside the norm and making a monumental positive impact all while helping to clean our oceans.

1  MG Surfline™  Reversible Swimwear:

  • Hermosa TopSalsa Brava Bottom • in MIDNIGHT RAINBOW

10 Recycled Plastic Bottles where used to create this high-quality waterwear!

2  Adidas and Parley Ultraboost shoes:

Plastic intercepted from beaches and coastal communities is used and designed to make high performance sportswear.  It’s estimated that each shoe reuses 11 recovered plastic bottles.

3  The Tropics Roo Trunks:

The Tropics is more than just men’s swim trunks. It’s a lifestyle that represents commitment to a more sustainable future. Plastic is destroying the ecosystems of our planet and it’s up to us to make a change.
 
Each trunk is made out of 10-11 post consumer recycled plastic bottles that could have possibly ended up in our oceans and includes a 4-way stretch that is made to move with you.
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At Bureo,  skateboards are made from recycled fishing nets. Their recycling program in Chile, ‘Net Positiva’, provides fishing net collection points to keep plastic fishing nets out of our oceans.  Their programs protect wildlife and support local fishing communities through financial incentives and preventing harmful materials from entering the ocean.

5  Bureo X Futures Surf Fins:

Combining Bureo’s recycled fishing nets with Futures’ Compound 6 carbon and air infusion technology, the new Bureo x Futures Alpha Series fins are incredibly lightweight and resilient.

Re-cycling to conserve resources

By up-cycling we are not just finding new life for recycled materials, we are also helping to conserve resources. Compared to making virgin plastic, using recycled plastic offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process, making an even bigger difference for our future.

Make it count!

We believe that together as a global community we can make a difference and that everyone’s small efforts count.  It all starts with you each time you recycle, and by supporting companies that create amazing products with recycled materials you are helping to make an even BIGGER difference.

Join us in our mission for a plastic free ocean!   

 

Art to Save the Sea

We had the privilege to visit Angela Haseltine Pozzi exhibit at Mounts Botanical Garden.

Each piece uses recycled marine debris to create beautiful works of art all while bringing attention and awareness to the global issue of ocean plastic pollution.

Washed Ashore builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits.

Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project founded by artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches she loved and decided to take action.

Since 2010, Washed Ashore has processed tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that is awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.

Swimwear & Activewear made by People not Factories: Inside MG Surfline™

Meet our hard working team and get to know the faces behind MG Surfline™ and who made your clothes or in this case swimwear and activewear.

Meet the Designers: Alex & Meli

Alexandra Menk comes from a long history as a senior art director for some of the largest multinational companies. Burnt out by the corporate lifestyle, Alexandra decided to focus on her true passion water sports and the environment.

Growing up in Bogota, Colombia, Alex was a fish out of water. Her devotion for the Ocean began when she first set foot in the water as part of her training for a diving certification. And just like that, the fish was returned to where it always belonged.

After traveling around the world, diving in the most incredible locations, including the breath taking Great Barrier Reef, Alex moved to Florida. It was in sunny South Florida where she was introduced to kiteboarding and stand up paddle boarding.

From then on her life would never be the same, and she will never live more than a couple miles from the beach. In her own words “the Ocean is my playground, my passion, and it is our responsibility to protect it”.

Melissa Gil is a marine biologist, ocean advocate, professional kitesurfer, free surfer, yogi and diver. She has won many national + international titles , including Kite Speed World Champion in 2009.

Ever since she can remember, Meli had a keen passion for the ocean and she constantly enjoyed an intimate connection with it. Raised in Costa Rica, her family trips to the beach meant a full day of playing in the ocean. Curiously she was born with webbed feet.  Friends and family noted that the only thing this mermaid is missing are gills.

She has worked doing marine research at Florida International University and worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for 7 years. With the years her passion for water sports and devotion to nature and the ocean have only grown stronger.

In her own words “protecting the environment is not just my job, it is something that is incorporated in everything I do in my life, from my work as a marine biologist and professional kitesurfer, to running MG Surfline™ a purpose driven brand of waterwear made sustainably and ethically in the US, to my personal goals in life and striving to live more sustainably every day.”

Get to know the faces behind our local family run manufacturer:

House of Llull Atelier

After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Fashion Design, Carla Llull realized it was difficult for emerging designers to start their own collections and that manufacturing options were scarce. She sought to find a solution and founded House of Llull Atelier.

Since November 2013 its doors have been open. Since then, they have served not only hundreds of new designers, bringing their sketches to life, but also established brands with large productions.

House of Llull’s  vision is to expand the South Florida market and bring production back to America! When we found House of Llull we were beyond happy. We couldn’t believe we found such a special place close to home.

Carla Llull – Founder

We loved Carla right off the bat. She is kind, fair, respectful, passionate and caring. We were impressed by what she had built and the team surrounding her. We love seeing the seamstresses sing and laugh while they are working and that Carla celebrated and appreciated them so much.

We were grateful that she wanted to support up and coming small brands. And we loved that House of Llull strives for the best quality possible and that they make use of every piece of fabric possible and not letting it go to waste.

Arcelia Díaz – Pattern/Sample Manager

Arcelia has an amazing spirit. She loves dreaming and creating new pieces. She has the ability to take any design, sketch or idea you have in mind and bring it to life. She is full of knowledge and ideas that come together to make each piece a masterpiece.

Aydee Lopez – Production Manager

Aydee is an incredibly hard worker. She is dedicated to her work and her House of Llull family. We have seen her first hand come to help her co-workers on days she is supposed to be off. She makes sure production runs go smoothly, all while sewing pieces herself.

We love working with our caring and talented House of Llull team. We have been working with them for just over a year and already we feel at home every time we visit. We are grateful and happy to have the opportunity to have a personal relationship with all of them and look forward to growing together.

 

Transparent Supply Chain = Healthier & Happier World

At MG Surfline™ all of our products are made with Love in the US.

We are proud to make all of our swimwear and activewear from start to finish in the US, reducing our carbon footprint while supporting local and national businesses and helping our economy grow.

The Repreve® Center that processes the plastic bottles to transform them into fiber is in North Carolina. Texollini, Inc. the textile mill that knits and dyes our fabrics is in California. And the family owned manufacturer, House of Llull, where all our pieces are carefully handmade and sewn with love is in sunny South Florida.

Ethical Manufacturing 

Having a personal relationship with our hard working team, knowing where and how every piece is made, from who stitched the pieces right through to who dyes the fabric is important to us.  We choose to only work with manufacturers that provide full time jobs with fair wages and benefits.

As brands and manufacturers we have the responsibility to be honest and strive to produce products made both ethically and sustainably.  We owe it to our customers and to our planet.

As consumers we have the power to push for greater transparency.  Find out how you can use your voice and take action.

Why does transparency matter?

Lack of transparency can costs lives and be harmful to the environment. Transparency is essential to any brand who wants to make sure the environment is safeguarded, human rights are respected and working conditions are acceptable. Greater transparency leads to accountability and eventually, this will lead to positive change in the industry with practices that are both ethical and sustainable.  And that is the way we believe business should be done.

Photo courtesy of Fashion Revolution

“The fashion industry is looking for answers and it is the smaller brands who are finding innovative new ways of doing things.” – Fashion Revolution

Join us!

BE CURIOUS • FIND OUT • DO SOMETHING 👉 Join the FASHION REVOLUTION!

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,138 people and injuring 2,500 more. 

There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for big global brands. The victims were mostly young women.  It is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in modern human history.

The Fashion Revolution movement was born after this tragic accident and the realization that change needed to happen.

All photos courtesy of Fashion Revolution.

Fashion Revolution is a global movement looking to change the negative effects of the fashion industry and work towards positive change by raising awareness and promoting more ethical and sustainable practices in fashion.   They call for reform and a new social order by focusing on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

“We are people from all around the world who make the fashion industry work. We are the people who wear clothes. And we are the people who make them. And we believe in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure. We want to see fashion become a force for good.” – Fashion Revolution

So, why do we need a Fashion Revolution?

 Unfortunately, much of the global fashion industry is exploitative and damaging to our environment.  In general there is little transparency in the fashion industry and a lot of consumers don’t know how their clothes were made and at what cost.

“We love fashion, but we don’t want our clothes to come at the cost of people or our planet.” – Fashion Revolution

#WhoMadeMyClothes initiative

“We believe transparency is the first step to transform the industry. And it starts with one simple question: Who made my clothes?” – Fashion Revolution

This simple question gets people thinking differently and wondering about what they wear. As consumers, our questions, our voices, and our shopping habits can help change things for the better.

In remembrance of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse, Fashion Revolution week encourages millions of people to ask their favorite brands ‘who made my clothes?’ and demand transparency in the fashion supply chain.

Take Action! 

We encourage you to ask the question ‘Who made my clothes?’ Download the poster and use it to post the question on social media platforms using the #whomademyclothes.

Poster courtesy of Fashion Revolution.

As conscious consumers we have the power to change the world.  Every time you make a purchase you are casting a vote for what you want and how you want the world to be.  Encouraging brands to answer the question ‘who made my clothes?’ pushes the fashion industry to be more transparent.  Transparency helps make the fashion industry accountable and sustainable.

Join the Fashion Revolution!

7 HEALTHIER & BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO SINGLE USE PLASTIC.

In honor of EARTH DAY 2018 and the efforts to end plastic pollution we wanted to share with you some of our favorite alternatives to single use plastic.

1. Say no to plastic shopping bags when you bring your own reusable bags.  Keep some in your car so you don’t forget them.  And if you do forget them, don’t beat yourself up, ask for paper bags instead and slowly build the habit of bringing you own bags.

Here are some of our favorite bags from our friends at Mama Eco:

Big BAGGU – holds 50 lbs
Natural Fiber Produce Bags
Large Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bag

2. Get your own metal reusable ready to-go bottle and ditch the plastic bottles. 

Bring this bottle everywhere you go!  Our favorite is the Wave of Change Insulated Bottle from our friends at Waterlust.

For every bottle sold they pick 1 pound of trash!

How awesome is that!

Wave of Change Insulated Bottle – 750 ml

Use Code: MGFRIEND  at checkout for a 10% discount at Waterlust.com

3. Replace plastic containers, zip-top bags & tupperware with glass/steal containers, bees wax wraps, silicone bags and more.

Plastic containers release small chemicals into stored foods and drinks. Bisphenol A (BPA), is a chemical commonly used to make clear, tough plastic bottles and food can liners.  BPA can leach, or migrate, from plastic baby bottles,  plastic water bottles and plastic food containers into the liquids and food entering the bloodstream, so its best not to use them.

Here are some alternatives from Mama Eco:
Abeego – Bees Wax Food Wrap – Set of 6 Small Flats – 7″
Stasher Silicone Bag
Leak-Proof Stainless Steel Containers (Set of 5)
Splash Box Lunch Kit

4. Plastic lined cups & plastic lids – replace with a to-go stainless steel thermos mug.

Did you know the paper coffee cups are lined with plastic?  Not to mention the plastic lid.  No one wants nasty plastic chemicals leaching into their bloodstream, so get your own to-go thermos mug. Because they are insulated your drink will stay hot longer, another plus!

Klean Kanteen Insulated Wide Mouth Mug w/Leakproof Café Cap – 12 oz

5. Don’t use plastic plates, use paper plates or reusable ones instead.

ECOdipper Stainless Steel Container

6. Replace plastic utensils with reusable stainless steel or bamboo to-go utensils.

Stainless Steel Folding Spork with Organic Cotton Pouch
Bamboo ECOspork & Cork Carrying Case

7. Say no more to plastic straws and get your own to-go straw.

Stainless Steel Straw

At MG Surfline ™ we aspire to be a part of the solution.  We believe that together as a global community we can make a difference.

Join us in our mission for a plastic free Ocean.