Harnessing technology to save our seas from plastic pollutants
By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Every day the oceans serve as a global dumping ground for humanity’s waste. 8 million pieces of plastic reach our oceans daily. From plastic water bottles to ghost nets and microplastics too small for even the eye to see, our world is literally swimming in garbage. The impacts on the ocean ecosystems and the life that relies on them are catastrophic. Miles of dead dolphins, turtles, and sharks in ghost nets miles long. Coral reefs suffocated after being surrounded by plastic. Seabirds filling their chicks’ bellies with plastics, slowly killing them and their species’ hope for survival.
But it doesn’t stop there. From the very beginning, humans have been linked with the seas. The health of the oceans reflects on ourselves. 1 in 3 fish we eat currently have plastics in their bellies. Babies are being born with plastics already in their systems before they’ve even taken a breath of air. We’ve inherited a broken world, but we have a chance to make change for the better!
By providing a new avenue for plastic to be diverted and taken out from the oceans, recycled, and remade into usable goods, Sea Sweeper Foundation hopes to create a sustainable supply chain that is collaborative and transparent to encourage a circular economy around the ocean’s plastics. By using buy-in from environmentally-minded consumers, sustainable businesses and the everyday ocean lover, SSF has the tools to fundamentally change the way we look at plastic pollution.
If we don’t take care of the seas, who will?
We need to act now. Our ocean ecosystems are on the brink of irreversible disaster. Our actions over the next 10 years will determine the state of our planet for the next 10,000 years. Sea Sweepers hopes to change the very foundation of how we approach plastic pollution to save our seas. Will you play a part?