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We’re supporting The Ocean Cleanup for Giving Tuesday!

By Natalie Lavis   ∙   November 03, 2021   ∙   0 Comments
Ocean Cleanup volunteer on a floating

In honor of Giving Tuesday 2023, we’re donating 5% of sales to The Ocean Cleanup. Plus, you can enjoy free shipping on your U.S. orders, with no minimum. 💙 

The Ocean Cleanup is a nonprofit organization that aims to rid the oceans of all plastic. To do this, the group works on closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself – decades of buildup.  

Founded by Boyan Slat in the Netherlands, The Ocean Cleanup now has technologies to intercept plastic in rivers before it reaches the ocean, and technologies to remove the plastic already out there. The group also has a North Pacific location in New York.  

The Ocean Cleanup's team consists of 120 engineers, researchers, scientists, computational modelers and supporting roles.  

Here’s some amazing background on Slat and his now thriving nonprofit:

At 16 years of age, Boyan Slat saw more plastic bags than fish when scuba diving in Greece. He thought: “Why can’t we just clean this up?” This question led him to research the plastic pollution problem for a school project. He learned about plastic accumulating in five large oceanic gyres, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In 2012, Slat held a TedX talk about how to rid the world’s oceans of plastic using technology. The video went viral, and the momentum that followed allowed him to drop out of school and found The Ocean Cleanup. 

Plastic, once trapped in a gyre, will slowly break down, fragmenting into pieces called microplastics. Microplastic debris (< 5mm) is not only more challenging to clean up but is also easily mistaken for food by marine life. The time to clean up is now. 

The ocean garbage patches are massive. To effectively clean an area of such magnitude, a calculated and energy-efficient solution is required. With a relative speed difference maintained between the cleanup system and the plastic, we can concentrate the plastic for extraction.” 

You can click here to learn more about the group’s ocean technology and System 002, their current ocean system iteration.  

We’re honored to once again support The Ocean Cleanup’s tireless work to protect the world’s oceans on Giving Tuesday, a remarkable global movement that encourages people to do good in the world. Our values at Rosita® honor sustainability. And we hold immense respect for Mother Nature, especially the Atlantic Ocean that provides our bountiful, pure fish oils to support our customers on their unique wellness journeys. 🎣