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Post-Plastic Entrepreneurs

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Can you think of two everyday materials with a worse environmental rep than Styrofoam and plastic bottles? From production through disposal, these things produce toxic gasses, are major culprits in our single-use disposable culture, and are rapidly invading our oceans and destroying marine food chains. This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio are each working on eco-friendly alternatives to these environmental villains.
First, we hear from Eben Bayer, one of the founders of Ecovative, a company that has developed a mushrom-based alternative to extruded polystyrene foam (more commonly known by its copyrighted name, Styrofoam). He tells us how Ecovative’s biologically-based material is replacing packing materials, insulation and maybe soon food storage containers that were previously the exclusive domain of polluting, non-biodegradable stuff. Next, host Alex Wise talks to Rick Eye, CEO of Blue Can Pure Water, a company offering an alternative to those ubiquitous plastic water bottles: on-the-go water in aluminum cans. He explains why it has taken so long for this much better idea to spring up, and discusses how he’s doing his part to reduce plastic waste.

Coping With The Rising Tides: John Englander & David Hedman

Our planet’s rising oceans are no longer the purview of pessimistic doomsayers – they are the new reality. This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio are both trying to help us adapt to the phenomenon of crumbling coastlines and swollen seas. [amazon-product align=”right” tracking_id=”seacharad-20″]0615637957[/amazon-product]First, host Alex Wise speaks with author and oceanographer John Englander, whose new book, High Tide On Main Street, provides a roadmap for readjusting our fiscal, social and political expectations in a world with significant sea level change. Then, we hear from David Hedman, the inventor of a mold remediation technology that is sure to find an escalating demand in the impending diluvial age.

“The Cove” Revisited

With this week’s announcement of the Oscar nominees for 2011, Sea Change Radio felt that this was a good occasion to re-visit our discussion with the Producer of last year’s Academy Award winner for best documentary film, Louie Psihoyos, whose movie “The Cove” has done so much to raise awareness of the global movement to protect dolphins.

Sea Change Radio’s Alex Wise speaks with Psihoyos about how the movie is raising awareness about the capture and slaughter of dolphins and dangerously high mercury levels in our oceans. Just recently, for example, rock star, Sting, expressed his public support in Japan for the strides that Psihoyos and dolphin expert Ric O’Barry have made through the project. The co-founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Psihoyos speaks candidly about the challenges making and distributing a film against the wishes of some Japanese officials and examines the even bigger sustainability issues that the film illuminates.

A Movie Worth A Thousand Speeches: Oscar-winning filmmaker of “The Cove”

Sea Change Radio’s Alex Wise speaks with Louie Psihoyos, the Producer and Director of the Academy Award-winning documentary film, “The Cove.” They discuss how the movie is raising awareness about the capture and slaughter of dolphins and dangerously high mercury levels in our oceans. The co-founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Louie speaks candidly about the challenges making and distributing a film against the wishes of some Japanese officials and examines the even bigger sustainability issues that the film illuminates.

Go To The Beach Soon: Coastal & Surfer Advocate Mark Massara

Sea Change Radio’s Alex Wise speaks with Mark Massara, attorney and long-time activist for the Surfrider Foundation and the Sierra Club, currently serving as VP of Social Responsibility for O’Neill Wetsuits. Mark talks about O’Neill and the challenges  the wetsuit industry faces as it attempts the shift to sustainability. Mark also recalls some of the landmark environmental cases he’s argued  on behalf of surfers and coastal advocacy groups, underscoring the role the courts can play in preserving our oceans and our earth.