4Ocean is Cleaning up Our Oceans!

This is not a sponsored post. I learned about 4Ocean on Facebook and purchased a bracelet with my own money to help the cause.

Whenever discussing world issues, I always bring up my huge concern about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris (mainly non biodegradable plastics) in the North Pacific Ocean.  It spans the waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan in two chunks, the East Patch & the West Patch.

If you want to read more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you can read all about it in National Geographic.
The part about this issue that has always bothered me is the fact that because the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so far from any country’s coastline, no nation will take responsibility or provide the funding to clean it up.
I keep hearing about the bad shape of our ocean’s but rarely hear of any action to clean it up. Until I heard of 4Ocean on a Facebook post.

ABOUT 4Ocean

4Ocean is a new organization, founded in January of 2017. 4Ocean founders are surfers who went out on their own and started picking up garbage from the ocean floor and has since grown into an international organization that helps clean up the oceans and coastlines.
In such a short time, the company has done great work!
  • Beach clean ups- because the majority of plastic in the ocean comes from the coastline
  • Offshore/intracoastal clean ups– 4Ocean has 5 vessels that are out 7 days a week cleaning the ocean
  • Partnering with other clean up organizations

When I read this I told Ryan “FINALLY!” I have been telling him for years that if I had a boat, I would go out and haul in trash whenever I could because doing something is better than nothing!

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program has estimated that it would take 67 ships one year to clean up less than one percent of the North Pacific Ocean. And because of this depressing stat, no one is really doing anything about it.

Remember “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and that is what 4Ocean is right now, that first step.

Bracelets

I was ready to donate to the company immediately and when I went to their website I saw that they sell bracelets to fundraise for clean up costs.

4Ocean Bracelets are made from recycled glass bottle and post-consumer recycled water bottles. Every 4Ocean Bracelet purchased helps fund the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean from both onshore and offshore cleanups.

They also currently have a special edition Shark Conservation bracelet where 10% of the proceeds go to  Shark Conservation Programs and the rest to clean up costs.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

It can be easy for those of land locked in the prairies to think that the state of the ocean doesn’t affect us, but it really, truly does. And we all need to do what we can to reduce the damage  done to them.

Scientists and explorers agree that limiting or eliminating our use of disposable plastics and increasing our use of biodegradable resources will be the best way to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

I know for me, I have to STOP forgetting my shopping bags when I go grocery shopping. I never use produce bags on items with peels or rinds that I throw away, but I need to bring something to put the fresh produce like apples and lettuce in that isn’t plastic. I don’t know what to do about the items that I love that come in plastic; salad dressings, frozen vegetables, frozen meats, so I’ll have to work on that after. It’s all about baby steps.
I also need to stop using individual plastic bags to pick up dog poop! I know they sell biodegradable bags and I need to opt for those in the future.
How do you reduce your plastic use? Any tips?

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