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.
- 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
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.
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.