WE LOVE BIKINIS, SUN, SAND, AND THE BEACH. Mother Nature has provided us with an exquisite landscape to enjoy and a place for marine creatures to live and thrive. The ocean is where we play, source food, and restore our souls. Sadly, our beautiful beaches and oceans that we all love and enjoy are being threatened by plastic pollution.
This is an all too common scenario: you are strolling along a beautiful beach looking down searching for the perfect shell and spot an unsightly piece of a plastic bottle, fishing net, straw, or some other trash tangled in the seaweed. How did it get there? According to ocean scientists, it may have traveled for miles in currents and even from different countries.
Every year, 8 million tons of plastic trash
finds its way into our oceans.
It is estimated that by the year 2050
there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
As individuals, we know it's important to recycle and reduce our single-use plastic consumption, but when we realize the enormity of the pollution problem it can seem overwhelming. The good news is that there are also people and companies making a big impact on a larger scale.
4Ocean was created by two surfers on a trip to Bali who were astonished by the amount of plastic they saw floating in the ocean and knew they had to do something to remedy the shocking situation. This company raises funds for their cleanup efforts solely through the sale of bracelets which are made from recycled plastic and glass and other products sold on their website.
"Made from recycled materials, every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4Ocean has removed 796,209 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines."
Bambina loves the beach and shares 4Ocean's passion for keeping it beautiful and healthy for all to enjoy.
Do you know any other companies, big or small, who are that are working to stop ocean pollution? Also, what are you doing to reduce plastic usage? Any tips? We'd love to know!
We're all in this together, and sharing information is one of the best ways we can solve the problem.