Wednesday’s Earth Week at 50 series opener looked back to the beginnings of Earth Day — and the sports connections to it — in our interview with Tia Nelson, daughter of Earth Day founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.
In today’s installment, we shift our gaze forward with our GreenSportsPod interview with Melissa Kalicin, founder of Oceanum Vela, a startup that saves soon-to-be-discarded sails from elite racing boats (think Ocean Race or America’s Cup) from the landfill and upcycles them into duffels, handbags and much more.
The Oceanum Vela story is but one example of a dynamic Green-Sports startup ecosystem that will help change the sports world for the better — and for the greener — once sports comes back from its COVID-19 pandemic hiatus. And Kalicin’s compelling personal journey — from environmental engineer to “sailboat liveaboard” to open ocean sailor to eco-preneur and more — adds a dash of adventure and fun to the interview. Enjoy!
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