Pelagic Partners – as per the name – is built on the foundation of partnership, albeit with our commercial partners, technical partners, and now, charity partner. Pelagic Partners is proud to announce its first of many donations to our new charity partner, The Ocean Cleanup – the largest ocean cleanup project in history. The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization developing and scaling technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. The non-profit organization aims to clean up 90% of the floating ocean plastic pollution and works on a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself. Strong evidence shows that millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans through river spills every year, with rain washing garbage of the streets onto creeks, rivers, and ultimately our oceans. The Interceptor, the Ocean Cleanup’s answer for river plastic waste, is 100% solar-powered and extracts plastic autonomously – allowing to tackle plastic in 1000 rivers within five years from rollout. Tackling ocean cleaning, System 002, reached proof of technology in October 2021 designed to capture plastics ranging from small pieces millimeters in size to large debris including discarded fishing nets. The upscaled version, System 003, is currently under development and is fundamental to achieve the objective of removing 90% of floating ocean plastic by 2040. Plastic cleaned from the ocean is processed into a final product – a signature blue sunglasses designed in California by Yves Behar and made in Italy by Safilo. Proceeds from the purchase of one pair of sunglasses is estimated to clean the equivalent of 24 football fields of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is a strong message that the harmful useless plastic floating in our oceans can be processed into products for everyday use.
We are honored to be supporting The Ocean Cleanup on this journey and aim to grow this into a longstanding and sustainable relationship. As the organization highlights, this partnership is scheduled to stop once the organization puts itself out of business – that is once the project is complete, the work is done, and our oceans are clean of floating plastic. Until then, they are Partners of Pelagic Partners.