One Earth – One Ocean e.V. and Ben & Anna: Creating a clean, plastic-free environment

Around eight million tonnes of garbage are dumped into the oceans every single year. Approximately 75% consists of plastic. To date, well over 140 million tonnes can be found in the oceans worldwide. According to a UN study, by 2050, the weight of plastic in the seas will exceed the total weight of all fish.

Every year, tens of thousands of animals die from plastic waste generated by humans.

Plastic rubbish in the oceans does not just disappear, in fact it can remain there for up to 450 years. When plastic drifts through the ocean the effects of friction and salt water combine to create smaller plastic particles, so-called microplastics. The shredded plastic particles are then distributed everywhere and can no longer be removed. Finally, microplastics end up in our food, for example when we eat fish.

This cannot and should not go on. Those of us who are aware of what is at stake can and must do something to curb the plastic tide and we must act now.

If possible, avoid plastic bags, plastic packaging and any disposable plastics. Always properly separate different types of waste. Don’t use cosmetics with microplastic particles. Ideally avoid all cosmetics sold in plastic packaging. Participate in garbage collection campaigns in your community. Many towns and cities periodically offer sorted garbage collection. Participation will both set your conscience at ease and help eliminate some of the plastic waste from our environment.

With our deodorant packaging made of FSC certified paper, we are also trying to make a small contribution and hope very much that we can all rethink the unnecessary use of plastic and the waste it produces.

Below, we would like to introduce you to a wonderful project that we support, the environmental organization called One Earth – One Ocean e.V.

One Earth – One Ocean e.V., headquartered in Garching, close to Munich is on a mission to keep plastic waste, oil and chemicals out of all bodies of water throughout the world. The multi-level concept of “Maritime Garbage Collection” envisages collecting plastic garbage with special rubbish collection vessels from waters worldwide and then recycling it or converting it into oil. The waste is collected in netted containers, which are mounted under the garbage collection ship. The first prototypes of these small ships, the Seehamster (Sea Hamster), is about three meters long and two meters wide and has already been in used to clean inland waters. In September 2016 the next larger model, the Seekuh (Manatee), was introduced. The ship, also based on the catamaran shape, is 12 x 10 meters. It can be used to clean inland waters, estuaries and coastal areas.

If you also would like to support the organization One Earth One Ocean e.V. by donating, then just follow this link for more information:

https://oneearth-oneocean.com/ich-will-helfen/