2016 Ocean Guardian Contest Winners

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Bodhi Surf's Ocean Guardian Contest

We are so excited to announce the results of our 4th Annual Ocean Guardian Contest! This year’s contest raised the bar for submissions — we received a total of 19 awesome entries that made us laugh, made us think, and made us inspired to do more to protect our oceans, the planet’s greatest buffer, and the earth as a whole. Ten of the entries made it through to the final round, and we let the public decide who they thought should enjoy the grand prize of a surf and yoga camp for two! So without further ado, we present the esteemed…

Winners of the #OGC2016!

1st Place: Allison Tetlow & family — “Soap Nuts!”

It was Allison’s second year entering the Ocean Guardian Contest, and she was not messing around, enlisting the help of her three daughters to make what was, undoubtedly, this year’s cutest video. With the littlest one jumping out at random intervals yelling “soap nuts!”, Allison and her daughters describe the actions they take around their home and in their daily lives. It’s interesting, because on one hand, these actions are simple — they have made a commitment to reducing their impact, and they stick to their guns. Each action on its own seems manageable, and easy to incorporate. On the other hand, the very fact that they have as a family even made this commitment and are upholding it in every aspect of their lives, is impressive. Moreover, the sum total of their actions, and the fact that they perform them with such positive attitudes, is what makes them so profound. What warms my heart is thinking the about the values, education, and discipline that are being passed down to her three daughters — the next generation of Ocean Guardians!

In this video, our family demonstrates the acts we take every day to protect the earth. While each action by itself may be considered small, every action, especially when done all together, reduces our eco footprint and has a tremendous impact on the earth. These small changes are attainable for everyone and even small changes done on a mass scale can better the world. If you want to know what environmentally friendly products we use or any of our eco recipes, please leave a comment and we are happy to share.

We are so excited that Allison Tetlow has won the grand prize, and we absolutely cannot wait to meet her and hear more about her Ocean Guardian Journey. Here’s what she’s taking home:

  • Bodhi Sessions 7-day Surf & Yoga Camp for two people
  • Insulated Water Bottle & Tumbler from Klean Kanteen
  • Signed copy of Blue Mind Book
  • 2 pairs of Flip-flops from Hari Mari
  • Stainless Steel Airtight Food Container & Spork from Life Without Plastic
  • Women’s JJ Shoe & Men’s Prahu Boat Shoe from Indosole
  • Coffee Scrub, Lg Sunscreen, Sm Sunscreen, & Lip Balm from Jungle Mama Naturals
  • Tubo Duffle Bag from Mafia Bags
  • Grassroots for Activists book from Patagonia
  • Organic Cotton Tshirt, Socks, & Notebook from United by Blue
  • Chasing Ice Documentary DVD
  • Copy of Costa Rica Aerea book from Uhuru Outdoors

2nd Place: Anna Langford & Jesse Faubert — “Common Initiatives”

Working in the special events industry for years, Jesse Faubert had become a little disillusioned with the amount of waste he would witness at the end of the night. It is indeed an unfortunate side effect that an event so beautiful and important, such as a wedding, can end up being so wasteful. Together with his girlfriend, Anna, they decided to start a nonprofit called Common Initiatives to take matters into their own hands; literally, repurposing floral arrangements that often get thrown out or left behind into new bouquets, that they and their volunteers then hand deliver to hospitals, hospices, and shelters around their hometown. So this initiative has both social and environmental reach, as they are achieving the dual goals of impact reduction and community welfare. Their beautifully-made video ends with them looking forward to expanding Common Initiatives’ reach to other places. I can see that just bringing attention to waste creation and impact reduction in the events industry is so huge, and I for one will be watching with interest as it expands!

Common Initiatives is a non-profit organization based out of Kamloops, B.C., Canada. Our goal is to minimize the waste of high quality, high cost special event products using sustainable methods that we believe can help contribute positively to our community. Our current initiative focuses on repurposing the beautiful floral arrangements we see at weddings and parties. We collect leftover flowers from venues following the event, and bring them back to our studio to rearrange them. The new arrangements are brought to local charity facilities and organizations with the hopes of both extending the life of the products and bringing a little light to the days of our community’s most in-need populations. The flowers are composted once their time is over, in a way that keeps our environment and community healthy. We hope that our concept can shed new light on the many ways in which we can protect our environment, no matter who you are or where you live on our beautiful planet.

Coming in second, Anna and Jesse will be receiving the following conscientious swag thanks to the contest sponsors:

  • Insulated Water Bottle & Tumbler from Klean Kanteen
  • Copy of Blue Mind Book
  • Pair of Flip-flops from Hari Mari
  • Stainless Steel Airtight Food Container & Spork from Life Without Plastic
  • Coffee scrub, Sm. sunscreen, & Lip Balm from Jungle Mama Naturals
  • Tubo Duffle Bag from Mafia Bags
  • Grassroots for Activists book from Patagonia
  • Organic Cotton Tshirt, Socks, & Notebook from United by Blue
  • Chasing Ice Documentary DVD
  • Copy of Bosques Magicos from Uhuru Outdoors

3rd Place: Tiffany Martin — “It All Started With A Boy”

Like many great stories, your curiosity is piqued first and foremost by the title. Tiffany Martin’s “It All Started With A Boy” sounds just like a love story, and in a way it is. In her quirky video (that is guaranteed to make you laugh), she tells an honest story of how she got to this point — with five years having gone without her using plastic. Meeting a cute and interesting boy who didn’t buy anything plastic, she was inspired to start herself, perhaps to impress him! She does pose a very interesting question in the video, “next time you’re in the store, find 10 things not wrapped in plastic”, highlighting that it is a very difficult thing to sign up for. That would explain the many “meltdowns” that she has had over the years, but she used her angst to do good — petitioning to make Bulk Barn, the largest bulk food store in Canada, offer an alternative to plastic bags, and succeeding. This is a very cute story, and a clear example of one person’s environmental leadership having exponentially positive effects!

I have been living mostly plastic free for about 5 years. I started a petition asking Bulk Barn (Canada’s Largest Bulk Food Store) to offer an alternative to plastic bags in each of their 200+ stores and as of September 23rd they have started to implement the reusable container program.

Tiffany came in third place, and will be the recipient of a basket of goodies that includes the following:

  • Insulated Water Bottle & Tumbler from Klean Kanteen
  • Copy of Blue Mind Book
  • Pair of Flip-flops from Hari Mari
  • Stainless Steel Airtight Food Container & Spork from Life Without Plastic
  • Sm. sunscreen & Lip Balm from Jungle Mama Naturals
  • Grassroots for Activists book from Patagonia
  • Organic Cotton Tshirt, Socks, & Notebook from United by Blue
  • Chasing Ice Documentary DVD
  • Copy of Bosques Magicos from Uhuru Outdoors

Some shoutouts…

One more time, we would just like to thank this year’s sponsors. This contest would not have seen the success that it did without their support and outreach. We feel very humbled to have such forward-thinkers and fellow Ocean Guardians in our ranks. So a huge shoutout to the following:

And another big thank you to the individuals who helped make this contest as good as it was! We greatly appreciate everyone’s support and assistance!

#OGC2016

A few final words

I mentioned this during mine and Gibran’s (first ever, and very ridiculous) Facebook Live video, but I will say it again here: I consider myself an environmentally conscientious person, but this year’s entries made me feel this strong desire and urgency to do better. If you pay attention to what’s happening to our world, it is easy to lose hope and become paralyzed with pessimism. For that reason, I am proud to be a part of this contest, which highlights actions that normal people are taking, and contains all the ingredients necessary to leave people feeling empowered rather than immobilized.

Also, I would just like to point out that the grand prize winners from the past three years, as well as the top three from this year, are all Canadian? Way to go, countrymen and women!

Finally, we depend on technology to run this contest, and for the second year in a row we did have a technical glitch. We want to thank the contestants for their patience, support, and understanding through the process. Also for our entrants, we hope that this contest brought you some much-deserved props from your peers! What each of you are doing is admirable, and we personally cannot thank you enough for being environmental leaders, Ocean Guardians, and shining examples for the rest of us to follow.

So that’s it… until next year, everyone! If you haven’t already, sign our Ocean Guardian Pledge to receive the Ocean Guardian Digest as well as updates about next year’s contest!

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Adrianne

Adrianne is the fun-and-food-loving socialite of Bodhi Surf + Yoga. If she's not whipping up a feast for Bodhi guests, she's probably busy writing for the Bodhi blog or keeping people up-to-date on the goings on via social media!

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