Holiday Buyer's Guide
Special Installation of Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy!
Upcycling! Full utilization! Creative product development and innovation! Slice it however you want and slap a campaign tag on it! The reality is, Maine, and the region's Blue Economy entrepreneurs are an impressive bunch!
So, with the holiday season upon us, we thought we would take a swipe at a buyer's guide. Below you'll find a curated list of local people and businesses that you can support! Every product below is purpose driven and innovative, and the values of each company can be seen in the goods they proudly offer.
In addition, we ENCOURAGE you take a little time to read about any or all of the companies below. LEARN about what they are doing and why it matters. CELEBRATE that everyone encompassed in this guide has committed to operating in new and better ways. Whether it's sustainable food production and sourcing, up-cycling retired materials for use in fashion, turning old frying oil into home heating fuel, or taking a biochemical engineer's approach to skincare, the work being done in our Blue Economy is worth exploring.
50 Oyster Totes
Maine Oyster Company is releasing 50 hand-made, recycled oyster bag totes today, Friday 12/11. You get first crack at them! These totes are one-of-a-kind and made using upcycled bags from oyster farms across the state. Net proceeds will go to the Preble Street Resource Center so spread the word and help Maine Oyster Company sell out.
10 cents off per gal of BioHeat!
Maine Standard Biofuels is aiming to help reduce Maine's carbon footprint this winter! So for the holidays, Rodger Strickland and the team is offering 10 cents off per gallon of BioHeat! This is a direct replacement for your existing #2 heating oil, it's made with recycled frying oils gathered from area restaurants, it has a smaller carbon footprint than its fossil fuel counterpart, and it is comparably priced. Check it out, and give Rodger a call 207.808.9031 or email if you need more info or want to set up a delivery (note: delivery area is limited to the Portland region)
Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy (EITBE) is an event series created by the New England Ocean Cluster to share the stories of ocean-focused entrepreneurs and project leaders in Maine. Each session is free to attend and includes a curated panel of speakers who share their own intimate and organic perspectives on the topic du jour. Created in 2019, the program’s intent is to convene an engaged audience to raise awareness, promote dialog, and facilitate connections amongst those interested in the region’s blue economy. Though our delivery is now virtual, the focus remains the same. We are proud to be launching our winter season with the incredible support of or presenting sponsors; the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center and Eaton Peabody.