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Salty Mermaid Review by Mermaid Molly

Salty Mermaid has done it again! A new line of swimwear has come out with a “save the toucans” theme that is all about giving back! They partnered up with the TRR (Toucan Rescue Ranch) in Costa Rica where a team of passionate environmentalists are doing their part to protect endangered wildlife on the island. 

Did you know that there are 6 different types of Toucans in Costa Rica? Leslie Howle and Jorge Murillo have been working at the TRR since 2004 and established a captive breeding program for all 6 species of toucans. So cool! 

This breeding program helps raise toucan offspring until a juvenile stage where they are “pre-released” into an intermediate enclosure preparing them for the rainforest. To learn more about the TCC visit their website! https://toucanrescueranch.org/

So how does Salty Mermaid give back?

Well, this particular swimwear is 100% recycled material, and all the proceeds go to help the TRR. How awesome is that?!?

SWIMWEAR REVIEW

If you like Salty Mermaid Swimwear, don’t forget to use my 15% off discount code!

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Don’t get me wrong, I love “buns in the sun” but I was a little nervous about how cheeky these cuts are. The Brazilian style is becoming more popular so seeing more cheek on the beach isn’t as taboo as it used to be. They have two different styles. The cheeky and the Brazillian. I went for the more modest cut and really liked them!

The fabric feels super nice and doesn’t seem to move around once on. I actually like that there is a bit of bunching at the top, then it evens out.

TRIANGLE TOPS

Salty Mermaid is now offering a DDD top size for us curvier mermaids. It’s hard to find triangle bikinis that actually fit and are comfortable.

I did notice with the tops that the underlayer would fold over naturally around the cleavage. It’s a bright yellow fabric which matches the top and doesn’t look bad, but it changes the swimsuit. When I wear it, it looks like it has a yellow lining.

 If you don’t like the triangle tops because they put to much weight on your neck check this video out! There are multiple ways to tie your bikini so it doesn’t put to much pressure around your neck! 


CONCLUSION

Salty mermaid is a sexy swimwear line you need to check out. They are doing their part by giving back and so should you! Check out the “Save the Toucan” Line of swimwear for both women and men, and give a little back this year.

Blog written by Mermaid Molly, Salty Mermaid Ambassador and lover of all things mermaid. You can see the original post here.

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Salty Mermaid X Toucan Rescue Ranch

Mermaids! The most exciting thing we’ve done this year is launch our supes cute, Save the Toucans Bikini. We’re more than excited about the bikini, the trunks and the charity! Of course you’ve seen the cheeky bikini and know how adorbs the standout tropical print really is. And maybe you know that it’s made from recycled fabrics. Yasss to eco-conscious, edgy bikinis, right?!

But what we want you to know more about is the amazing charity partner we have–Toucan Rescue Ranch. We’re all about their mission to “rescue, rehabilitate, love and liberate” all of the animals that make their way to the ranch.

What is Toucan Rescue Ranch & What Do They Do?

Toucan Rescue Ranch is non-profit organization located in Costa Rica who is dedicated to rainforest animals and their well-being. They rescue animals who have been confiscated, those that are sick or injured and give them a home as well as work to rehabilitate them in order to return the wildlife to their natural habitats. TRR works closely with government agencies like the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, who typically bring the rescued wildlife to TRR. Any medical attention the animals may need is given by the skilled team at TRR as well as support, rehab, food, a home and lots of love and attention.

Along with providing sanctuary, Toucan Rescue Ranch works diligently to create breeding programs for the six species of Costa Rica Toucans. They also provide educational programs, research sites and facilities all across Costa Rica.

The organization was founded in 2004, so they’ve been at this for awhile now. Originally the intent was to rescue, rehabilitate and release Costa Rica Toucans, but since it’s turned into so much more. In 2007 a baby solve arrived and from there, TRR changed, becoming a sanctuary for all sorts of wildlife.

Why We Partnered with Them.

You know we’re no stranger to doing our part to make the world a better place–one bikini at a time. This season we were so inspired by the work happening at Toucan Rescue Ranch and their mission and of course all of the cute little animals on site. We always strive to partner with organizations who are extremely active and true to their mission. We instantly knew that TRR didn’t miss a bit when it came to giving care and really putting the animals in a position to live their best lives. Plus, it made sense to develop a cute bikini to celebrate their efforts.

How Can Mermaids Get Involved

You can be apart of the animal-saving efforts of Toucan Rescue Ranch if you purchase our Save the Toucans Bikini or Save the Toucans Shorts. We give 100% of the profits from these specially designed styles to the organization. So every dollar you’re spending on that ‘kini, Mermaids, is helping some little creature’s life just a tad bit better. And if you want to take it a step further, you can actually volunteer at TRR. Check out their site to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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The Project Rhino Community

You know in our world we care about two things: saving the planet and wearing cute bikinis. It’s only natural, right? We know we’ve told you how important Project Rhino is to us, but we figured we’d share a little more about the organization because we think they are so awesome. Besides being an wildly wonderful organization that works to protect the rhino, Project Rhino is all about community–and you know we love that. How? Well, we’ll let them tell you how their educating the community to ensure long term change.

The Children Are The Future

“We have a program called ‘Rhino Art’ which exposes primary school children to the

issues facing our wildlife and why we need conserve it as well as teaches them about the environments that the wildlife inhabit. This is done through art and other fun and educational ways. We also have a program to take kids into parks so that they get to see the amazing wildlife and wild areas that we have. We have reached over 300,000 kids.”

It’s A Group Effort

“We work a lot with local communities to understand the value of wildlife. These communities bordering parks with rhino in them can be the most effective anti-poaching tool in one’s toolbox.”

“We believe that developing opportunities for people to conserve wildlife, to be custodians of wildlife and benefit form it, is very rewarding. Getting more land under protection for perpetuity to benefit current and future generations is so important. This involves not just developing new secured protected areas but developing new wildlife ambassadors as well!”

Wow, right, Mermaids? Project Rhino’s mission and approach is enough to get you thinking… What can you do in your community to raise awareness? You can start buy purchasing a bikini, where $10 from the sale goes to the organization and then tell your friends. When someone falls for your little black bikini or sexy one-piece tell them it’s doing more than making your body look good, but it’s apart of a fight to preserve wildlife.

If you still want to do more, spread the Project Rhino message–follow them on Instagram and Facebook. We can’t get enough of what they share, the lives they touch and the gentle giants they save.

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Salty Mermaid Celebrates World Oceans Day

We love the ocean. Obviously! It’s where mermaids thrive and live their best life (especially in a cute bikini). We’re all about protecting and preserving the life-giving force however we can. And with today being World Oceans Day, we’ve come up with a list of just how to make that happen! Each year, on June 8th we not only celebrate the waters, but acknowledge the problems facing them. This year, the focus is on plastic pollution and how it’s harming marine life…this is in additional to carbon pollution and overfishing. So how can you do your part to save the water? Here are a few ideas…

  1. Plan a beach clean up

No need to reinvent the wheel mermaids. Just head out to your local beach with a few fellow boys and babes and start picking up every piece of trash you find. You can also search locally organized clean ups in your community and participate in those year round.

 

       2. Reduce your use of plastic

Over 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every year. Cut back on plastic wherever you can. Bring your own bags to the grocery store, eliminating eating lunches out of single use plastic containers, bring your own mug to coffee shops and even join Surfrider’s, Rise Above Plastic campaign.

  1. Dine discriminately

Our waters are overfished, so when you’re out at dinner or grocery shopping only order or purchase sustainable fish. Overfishing has pushed some marine life towards extinction.

  1. Take public transit

When you can, ditch your car and take public transit. This helps to reduce your carbon footprint and cut back on ocean acidification, which affects the oceans chemistry and threatens marine life.

  1. Talk about it

When we talk about things we are more conscious about things. Simply opening the conversation with your best babes can get people thinking and a lot of times, spark some serious action.

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Fall in ❤️with Bikinis for a Cause

We want to change the world with. Yup, we said it. We want to make this world a better place one itty bitsy bikini at a time. And if you’ve been following us, you know that $10 from the bikinis we sell go toward a cause that’s near and dear to our ❤️. With our South Africa collection, we decided to partner with Project Rhino, a charity devoted to creating a better life for the rhinos in virtually every way possible. Launched in 2011, the organization works tirelessly to stop rhino poaching. Well, we sat down with the team and asked them to share a little more about their mission and what they’re doing as well as give us a little knowledge on biodiversity and why we ought to care about it. Here’s what they had to say:

Tell our mermaids just what Biodiversity is. 

Biodiversity is the variety of all living things (species) which includes plant and animal life in the world or in one specific area.

Explain the importance of biodiversity in today’s world? 

Generally, the greater the level of diversity, the healthier the environment. It is the process where biodiversity (living components in the environment) interact with the non-living components, to produce life supporting services such as air, clean water, soil etc. Basically, without these processes, and without healthy biodiversity, earth would not be comfortable place at all.

Tell us about Project Rhino and the work happening within the organization.

Firstly, we as Project Rhino have concluded that there is no single intervention that is going to stop rhino poaching (or wildlife crime) immediately. As such, we have taken a multi-pronged approach to tackle the issue. This also has a time element to it where we have our here-and-now interventions as well as those that are of a long-term nature. We also have a spatial consideration where we believe that the work carried out inside the Park is just as important as that which is done outside of it (rhino education and awareness programmes and local community engagements).

What makes Project Rhino different from other wildlife organizations

Project Rhino is made up of a number of member organizations. It was formed as a result of many different organisations uniting, on the realization that by working together and pooling our resources, we would be able to have a greater impact.  We interestingly have members who include rhino owners, private landowners, communities, NGO’s and state entities. This has prevented a fragmented approach to dealing with a very well-informed enemy. I also think that our interventions are guided from the ground up in a very participatory way. In other words, we work closely with those who are at the coalface, to understand exactly what support would be most beneficial, rather than thinking that we have a good idea and it works somewhere else in the world, so it must be the answer to stop rhino poaching in that specific context.  

Why is this partnership with Salty Mermaid so special and unique?

I firmly believe that we need to be thinking in the one-world paradigm, where healthy functioning and biodiverse systems across the planet are for the benefit of us all. Africa’s charismatic wildlife is unique and should be as important to an African as it is to any other global citizen. We all have a responsibility to effect positive today and I think the relationship with Salty Mermaid exemplifies that. Anyone can make a difference, no matter where or who or how old you are. Who would have thought – rhinos and quality swimwear? But throw in the word ‘responsible’, and it all makes sense. Thank you!

Tell us about some of the changes that have come about because of Project Rhino? 

Project Rhino has added significant support to its member reserves since it was established in 2011. We have  implemented a strategy which has short-term value (defending what we have now), but it is the long-term investment with difficult measurables, that I believe is where the greatest successes will lie. This is in the form of our youth education programmes, especially with those that live around these rhino reserves.

Developing future wildlife champions by getting kids to see rhinos and other wildlife in their natural environments.

Share with us a fun fact about the rhinos themselves 🙂

❤️ Project Rhino aims to support the black and white populations of rhino. They are two very distinct types of animals – with the black rhino being the smaller (almost half the size) of a white rhino. So when we talk about saving ‘rhino’ we are talking about two very different species.

❤️ A black rhino calf runs behind its mother and a white rhino calf runs in front of its mother.

❤️ Although black and white rhino are so different in size, there is only 1-month difference between the length of their gestation period – white rhinos are pregnant for 16 months and black rhino are 15 months.

❤️ There is no color difference between a black and white rhino – both rhino’s enjoy mud wallows and so they often look similar, reflecting the colour of the mud that they have bathed in.

❤️ White and black rhinos can live together because they generally prefer different habitats – thicker bush for the black rhino and grassy areas for white rhino. The reason for this is that black rhino are browsers (leaf and small branch eaters) whilst white rhino are exclusively grazers (grass eaters).

Learn more about Project Rhino by clicking here and checking out their site.  Shop our South Africa-inspired suits that support the cause here.

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Giving Back: Salty Mermaid X Project Rhino

We’re more than a bunch of babes who live for flattering bikinis. We have big hearts too at Salty Mermaid. And that’s why part of the proceeds ($10 of every bikini sale) from our South African collection are going towards a charity that helps to save the rhinos. It’s called Project Rhino KZN. That’s right, merbabes look good an do good.

We’ve connected with South Africa based, Project Rhino KZN to ensure that we’re doing our part and at Salty Mermaid we’re major supporters of their mission and operations. So what exactly are they doing? A lot. First off, this organization, which launched in 2011, works tirelessly to stop rhino poaching. With daily aerial surveillance of wildlife areas, the teams scan and assist rangers in pursuit of poaching gangs, and suspicious activities around the reserves. That’s just one thing. The organization also assumes much of the cost on these operations.

What Does Project Rhino Do:

Project Rhino also offers ranger and reserve support. This includes intensive training programs on how to work to keep the rhinos on the reserves safe from poaching and other unwanted or inhuman activity. Also, the group takes part in daily surveillance of the reserves by use of a high-tech turbine helicopters. Project Rhino works to always ensure the safety and happy life of the animals, no matter what. Such good stuff, right?!

What’s Their Mission Statement: 

We really, really love it:

What motivates us daily is the dream of both White and Black rhino species thriving in KwaZulu-Natal and far beyond – forever free, forever secure from poaching, well managed and protected.  Today we strive to protect the world’s last remaining African rhino species, so that tomorrow they will still continue to play their vital role in our continent’s irreplaceable and beautiful ecosystems, contributing to an ever-growing realization of our fundamental reliance on the natural environment (and ALL its elements) for our very basic needs. We honour their uniqueness as one of the primary icons of Africa’s great wilderness areas.

Some of the Salty Mermaid Bohemian Queen styles were actually inspired by the rhinos we saw as we traveled across the reserves. Heart eyes.  

Fun Rhino Facts:

So babes, how familiar are you with rhinos? Here are a few fun facts about the majestic beauties that we’re giving back to.

  1. There are five different types of rhinos and two are native to Africa — the black and the white rhinos.
  2. Rhinos are the second largest animal on earth, coming right behind elephants, getting as big as 2200 pounds.
  3. World Rhino Day is September 22.
  4. They are sometimes said to be bad-tempered, but are actually just shy and inquisitive. They will run towards anything unusual in their surroundings, but usually run away if they smell humans.
  5. They’re speedy! Rhinos can run up to 30 – 40 miles per hour; the fastest human can run 15 miles an hour to give you an idea.

Shop the Salty Mermaid Bohemian Queen capsule collection here. And learn more about Project Rhino by checking out their site and clicking here.

 

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How Salty Mermaid Swimwear Gives Back

salty mermaid swimwear gives to charity

There’s not many things better than a new bikini, I’m sure we all agree… but what if we told you that every time you buy a bikini from Salty Mermaid Swimwear you are contributing and helping to save the lives of thousands of animals in need, people’s lives, rainforests and so much more?

With every purchase made on Salty Mermaid Swimwear, we donate $10 to the Iracambi Organization, a community of people around the world whose vision is to see the beautiful Brazilian Atlantic Forest restored. When Salty Mermaid Swimwear was born in 2016, they had one vision in mind: Create a Swimsuit that empowers the beauty of the woman within and the world throughout. With every new collection Salty Mermaid Swimwear releases, we hand select a charity or organization to that we can donate to because together we can make a difference.

Here are the top 5 reasons why we should protect the rainforests:

  1. Animals: The rainforests is a habitat to thousands upon thousands of animals. What would happen to all those animals if the rainforests were to disappear?
  2. Medicine: It is pretty crazy to think that just about 25% of the medicines we use have originated in the rainforest one way or another. The cure for many diseases could be living in the 99% of the rainforest that has gone unexamined for medicinal properties.
  3. Food: If deforestation does not stop, many of the foods we eat everyday that come from the Amazon including, nuts, bananas, coffee beans, pineapples, etc could be in danger of becoming sparse.
  4. H20: Approximately one fifth of our fresh water comes from rainforests…and water is literally the key to life. Rainforests are 100% necessary if we want to get clean drinking water to underprivileged parts of the world.
  5. Climate Change: Ladies, we’ve got to protect our planet. Did you know that the rainforests have a critical role in regulating the Earth’s weather patterns and temperatures? Yep — when we protect the rainforests and foster them to grow and flourish and bloom, we are protecting our precious mother earth.

 

salty mermaid swimwear gives to charity

salty mermaid swimwear gives to charity

salty mermaid swimwear gives to charity

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