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One World One Ocean

Our actions toward the ocean in the next 10 years will define the next 10,000.
-Sylvia Earle, oceanographer

When documentary filmmaker Greg MacGillivray heard Sylvia Earle utter that warning, he decided he must use his skills in whatever way he could to help the ocean. So in 2007, he and his wife formed the One World One Ocean Foundation, with the mission to use storytelling and great filmmaking to connect people to ocean preservation. The MacGillivrays are using film, television, and educational campaigns to reach a wide audience and influence the public to:

  1. Buy sustainable seafood
  2. Reduce plastic pollution
  3. Expand the ocean’s protected areas to 10%

The MacGillivrays believe that great storytelling has the power to change the world and that all great movements start from the bottom up, so they hope that showing people new, exciting views of the ocean will encourage them to get active. Many people aren’t aware of facts like:

  • The oceans are responsible for 50-70% of the oxygen we breathe
  • 90% of the oceans’ big fish are gone from overfishing and the remaining big fish are half as large
  • Massive floating plastic material is collecting in 5 places around the world, getting into marine life (causing illness and death) and entering our diets when we eat seafood
  • There are 405 dead zones in the oceans, where life cannot exist

As One World One Ocean says,

The ocean is our life support. It generates most of the oxygen we breathe. It regulates our climate. It provides us with food. It is the largest, most diverse reservoir of natural resources on the planet. Simply put, it is our lifeline.

Over the next 20 years, we can expect One World One Ocean to visit all 5 oceans and create: 3 IMAX movies, 1 feature film, 8 TV specials and 1,000 online videos (quite a commitment)! I am hoping, however, that their work will inspire the necessary change before they’re even halfway there. So, let’s ALL check out their website and start learning! We can (& should) all be a part of keeping our oceans healthy. After all, truly, everyone, everywhere depends on a healthy sea.

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Earthtec

Earthtec is an outdoor clothing company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Their mission is to “combat wastefulness with resourcefulness ” by using recycled plastic bottle material in their fabrics. Annually, 150 billion plastic bottles end up in landfills. These bottles take 450 years to decompose. Meanwhile, more petroleum is extracted in order to make polyester products, eventually contributing to even larger landfills. Both polyester and plastic, however, commonly contain the same material (PET). So, Earthtec’s CEO Dennis Randall decided to use discarded plastic bottles to make “recycled” polyester, thus bypassing the need for newly created PET.

About 12 plastic bottles on average go into each garment. The plastic is cleaned, shredded, melted and made into polyester yarn. In return, approximately a gallon of gasoline is saved for each pound of yard. Earthtec also makes other clothing materials sustainable. They use organic cotton, which avoids the large amount of agricultural chemicals, heavy water usage, and ecological harm that are involved in traditional cotton production. They also use organic wool, which protects sheep from synthetic hormones, synthetic pesticides and genetically modified food as well as promotes ecological harmony and general livestock health. Because of their recycled, sustainable clothing along with their shortened chain of production (development, knitting, dyeing, and finishing are all done by Earthtec, lessening their carbon footprint), Earthtec calls their apparel “clothing with a conscience”.

Earthtec, a self-proclaimed earth-loving company, has also tried to further demonstrate its commitment to sustainability by using green building techniques in the design of its store and setting up recycling bins in its local community. I really like that Earthtec is tackling the problem of our growing, seemingly indefinite mounds of waste. While we need to reduce our impact overall, companies like Earthtec are finding innovative solutions to deal with our remaining trash. Now, if only we could find a use for all those plastic bags laying in landfills…

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