“Cuidamos el Mar” (we take care of the sea) is not just a hallmark, it is the philosophy of a company (and of life, of course!) that This is MED lets permeate in each of its actions and in each of its products and events.
The basic idea is to give back to the sea all that it does for us. We want our MED to feel cared for and pampered by the "work" it does; giving us wonderful summers, relaxing cruises and giving us the pleasure of swimming under the waves among marine species unique in the world.
Of course we want our contribution to the care of the sea to be the legacy to be given to all who want to know more about the subject, contribute their bit to the environmental problems or simply know the impact their small daily actions have in the fight against pollution.
That is why we have adapted some of our programs and created new ones so that our groups continue to have fun and enjoy the Mediterranean while being aware and see the other side of the coin. The sea is suffering and the cause is us. So we have to put an end to the problem.
Today we would like to present the first of the Cuidamos el Mar (We Take Care of the Sea) programs: The MED LAB.
This is a Mediterranean and sustainable cocktail workshop. In this eco-laboratory, where the group will be divided into different teams, you will learn how to make sustainable cocktails created with aquaponic aromas and materials extracted from underwater cleanings and recycled utensils.
We want that even something as simple as preparing a cocktail for our dinners with friends, or for these special occasions for which we think we need to buy everything, to become another reason not to throw away disposable plastic that would end up in the sea.
The activity will be held by our professional cocktail maker who will be aware at all times of the groups so that you can turn your ideas into a fresh cocktail and perfectly in line with the care of the sea. At the end, You can also decorate your jars with nets and fishing gear abandoned at sea and found by volunteer divers who every day take out and clean up thousands of tons of garbage lost by fishing boats.
The aim of the activity is learning to enjoy without harming nature because whether we understand it or not, we are damaging ourselves, our ecosystem and our future generations.
When we first thought about this activity, we opened up a world of possibilities that are available to everyone and that, simply by always going in a hurry or not paying much attention to what surrounds us, we did not realize that mixing plants and eco - deco (with fisher nets) was a perfect combination for our new activity!
The aquaponics system combines traditional aquaculture (i.e., the breeding of aquatic animals) with hydroponics (the cultivation of plants in a symbiotic environment). This innovative system for the production of plants considerably reduces the discharges of highly polluted waste water into the environment. Most wastewater ends up in water sources such as rivers, aquifers, lakes and obviously seas and oceans causing the latter to become infected.
According to the community iagua.es whose mission is to raise awareness about water management among the harmful effects of wastewater we can find:
Toxic action: That many of the mineral and organic compounds that contain these wastewater causes on the flora and the natural fauna of the receiving bodies and on the consumers who use these waters.
Infective potentiality: Contained in the receiving waters and that allows to transmit diseases and become a danger for the exposed communities. The irrigation of food plants with these waters has caused epidemics of amebiasis, and its discharge into the sea pollution in oyster and fish farms.
All the pollution from the sewage goes directly to our table when we eat fish or seafood and in our stomach directly when we swim in the dream coves that we so much crave during the winter. Basically, we eat what we throw! So yes, it is a problem that catches us up close and we must begin to act properly.
Aquaponics is just one of the many initiatives that can help us and there are always more people and companies that choose to buy consciously.
The problem is real and we are already years and years behind schedule to get things fixed in record times.
From This is MED we want to contribute our bit thanks to the line of activities of Cuidamos el Mar and working and organizing actions to open the eyes of everyone who wants to become part of the solution and never again be part of the problem.