All posts by Tammi Wanderer

How To Avoid Plastic in Spain & Portugal

Scientists estimate over 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year, causing devastating impacts to our environment and the wildlife that live there. As consumers, we can help reduce this figure by choosing to buy products from supermarkets that avoid having an environmental impact. In this article, I will highlight the large chain supermarkets I used while travelling in Europe this year. I am vegan so plastic-free meat and dairy options are not included. It should be said that many towns and cites in Spain and Portugal have small, plastic-free eco stores, pioneering the way for plastic free alternatives such as Graos de Amor in Lagos, Portugal and Unpacked Shop in Madrid, Spain. I recommend consulting the Cow to find these stores.

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I have never been a big fan of New Years Resolutions. Probably because of the constant failure to get fit every January in my late teens.. However, over the last few years I am proud to say that I have managed to stick to goals which help protect our environment:

2017 – Fish Free Diet 🐠

2018 – Vegetarian Diet 🌱

2019 – Vegan Diet 🌱🌱

2020 – Plastic Free Lifestyle 💙

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Nassau, Bahamas

This Easter I travelled to Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas. The city has an estimated population of 274,400. To put this into perspective, Grand Cayman has similar land mass and has approximately 60,000 individuals. Sadly this is apparent in the amount of litter found on the streets down town but the tropical ocean colours still shine through. We stayed in a beautiful apartment with a garden in Bay View Suites, south of Paradise Island.

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Shark research, cayman islands

Sharks are in critical global decline, threatened mainly by habitat loss and over exploitation. There is  13 shark and 3 ray species in Cayman waters: Nurse Shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) and Caribbean Reef Shark (Carcharhinus perezi) are the most common. Marine Conservation International and the Department of Environment work together to provide important information to the Government to enforce the protection of this important but threatened shark species, in the hope to support sustainable, economically beneficial use of these iconic predator.

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Climbing The Bluff, Cayman Brac

What I love so much about the Cayman Islands is how different each island is. Grand Cayman has a busy vibrant atmosphere dominated by tourists. Little Cayman has beautiful, secluded white sand beaches with a population of 170 inhabitants. While Cayman Brac has rugged terrain with a 141 ft high cliff known as “The Bluff,” which dominates the east of the island.

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Nassau Grouper Spawning Aggregation, Little Cayman

Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) are endangered predators found on coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. Around the full moon at the beginning of the year, they gather in thousands to reproduce at a special site on the West end of Little Cayman, Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands used to be home to five Nassau grouper spawning sites. However, four of these are now dormant or depleted.

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