Did you know there are massive floating rafts of plastic in the ocean posing a hazard to commerce, flora and fauna every day? We’d love to eliminate the problem and stop dumping and pollution, but that’s just not going to happen. So, we’ve decided the next best thing is to support the amazing project called The Ocean Cleanup.
The Ocean Cleanup Project has developed a concept of floating solid barriers that will corral plastic as the ocean’s natural currents herd it into the barrier’s reach. There are 5 major concentrations of plastic in the ocean, called “gyres” where The Ocean Cleanup Project intends to deploy their prototypes. The damage done by plastic in our oceans costs billions of dollars each year – and is responsible for deaths of endangered species across the world. Mother Nature’s Team will donate a portion of our profits each year to The Ocean Cleanup.
From the Ocean Cleanup Project Website:
- At least one million seabirds, and one-hundred thousand marine mammals die each year due to plastic pollution (Laist, 1997)
- Lantern fish in the North Pacific Gyre eat up to 24,000 tons plastics per year (Davidson & Asch, 2011)
- The survival of many species, including the Hawaiian Monk Seal and Loggerhead Turtle, could be jeopardized by plastic debris (Derraik, 2002)
- Plastic pollution is a carrier of invasive species, threatening native ecosystems (Barnes, 2005)
- Marine debris causes an estimated $1.27 billion (U.S) in fishing and vessel damages in the APEC region annually (McIlgorm et al., 2008)
- The costs of removing debris from beaches is on average $1,500 (U.S), and up to $25,000 (U.S) per ton (APEC 2009)