Fighting plastic - one kilo at a time
About our work
At A Better Ocean, we fight every day to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste in and around the oceans. We have created a network of partners, mainly consisting of smaller organizations around the countries of the world where the problems are greatest. This ensures that we can make the greatest possible difference. Our goal is to create a sustainable business that benefits both the environment and all parties involved, from customers to business partners and right down to the private consumer. We do this partly by organising various forms of clean-up work in countries such as Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Vietnam and South Africa, and partly by informing about the plastics problem through information campaigns and marketing material, which are made available to all companies involved. These initiatives are financed through the sale of our certificates to Danish companies, which can thus make a direct difference in the fight against plastics in the world’s oceans. With the certificate, international companies can show that they support the initiative and thereby make it visible to the individual consumer that they support a greener future.
In collaboration with several international companies, we have removed more than 9 tons of oplastic from the world seas.
Why A Better Ocean?
Plastic is a big part of our everyday lives and is found in many of the products we use on a daily basis. Plastic is clearly used as packaging around food, for transport or in our electronics. But microplastics are also found in cosmetic products and in much of our clothes, paints and cleaning products. Worldwide, 348 million tonnes of plastic were produced in the year 2017 alone, and if the current rate of production continues, annual plastic production will double by the year 2040. Much of this plastic unfortunately ends up in the oceans, and a 2015 study concluded that the amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans is equivalent to a garbage truck every minute emptying its full cargo into the oceans.
Plastic production has an effect on the health of both humans and animals.Many animals are stuck and wrapped in waste. Up to 90% of all bird species have plastic in their stomachs, and you can quite often find stranded marine mammals with stomachs full of plastic.In addition, studies have shown that microplastics exist in many basic necessities and foods such as drinking water, fish and salt. Somewhere between 80-90% of all waste floating around the world’s oceans comes from land-based activities, and a large proportion of it has been brought into the oceans through river systems. A German study published in Environmental Science & Technology 2017 found that ten rivers account for 90% plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Among other things, some of our collectors are working to clean up the river systems around Johannesburg, South Africa, for plastics and other waste.
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