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World Oceans Day: Healthy You Healthy Planet

 

World Oceans Day: Healthy You Healthy Planet

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Whenever the temperatures begin to rise, people all over the world pack their bags and head to the beach. For some, the water is just steps away and for others, it’s miles and miles from home. No matter where you live, it’s important to remember that we all share the responsibility of caring for our oceans. World Oceans Day is celebrated each year on June 8th as a reminder to take care of our planet, our oceans, and ourselves.

Why should you celebrate World Oceans Day?

For people who don’t live near the coast, it can be easy to downplay the importance of protecting our oceans. I know that for me, marine life isn’t always top of mind. The truth is that it should be. Most of the planet is covered by water yet only a little over 1% is actually protected. Celebrating World Oceans Day is an awesome opportunity to remind ourselves and others of the huge role the oceans play in our everyday lives.

Oceans contain the majority of life found on earth, including tiny marine plants who release over half of all of the oxygen in our atmosphere. The water also absorbs approximately a quarter of the CO2 we produce, which helps reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to helping us breathe every single day, they are a major source of food, life-saving medications, household and beauty products, and more.

How should you celebrate World Oceans Day?

I say this all the time in regards to personal health, but it’s also true for our oceans – no effort is too small. Individuals can make a big difference just by altering minor aspects of their lives.

  • Ditch single-use plastics. Disposable plastic is convenient, but the costs far outweigh its benefits. One of the simplest ways to help is to stop using plastic straws, cutlery, cups, and bags. When you do need to use plastic, try to recycle what you can.
  • Use your voice. Whenever you can, help educate others on the importance of protecting our oceans. Speak with your representatives. Share these hashtags on social media when spreading the word: #WorldOceansDay, #SaveOurOcean.
  • Check your footprint. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to the health of our oceans and marine life. If you are not sure how you can help, start with assessing your carbon footprint. Then work on one thing at a time to lower it.
  • Attend an event. On June 8th, there will be World Oceans Day events all over the world. Find an event near you and take part! If you aren’t able to attend, there are plenty of free resources to help you celebrate at home.
  • Support companies that care. One of the easiest ways to make a difference is to spend your money on products created by conscious companies. I support Bumble Bee because they are committed to the future well-being of our families and our planet.

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A note from our CEO about COVID-19x
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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
Jan
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods