We're surfers and ocean lovers, lucky enough to live near the coast and have the ocean as a regular part of our lives. Having this perspective means we see the problem of marine plastic first hand. As a business it's our responsibility to reduce our impact and be mindful of the processes behind the products we offer. The clothing business is a bit of a bugger for single use plastics, which is why we demand our tees are not delivered to us individually wrapped, and no plastic tag hangers. When we mail out our products we use FSC certified mailers which are recyclable and carbon neutral. They're also easy-open so they don't get muntered in the opening frenzy, ready to step up and get posted again.
This is by no means the cheapest or easiest option, but we believe it is the best we can do right now. We considered biodegradable or compostable plastics, but there are too many conditions needed for these to break down. Jacqueline McGlade, chief scientist at the UN Environment Programme told the Guardian:
“It’s well-intentioned but wrong. A lot of plastics labelled biodegradable, like shopping bags, will only break down in temperatures of 50C and that is not the ocean. They are also not buoyant, so they’re going to sink, so they’re not going to be exposed to UV and break down.”
If we're going to tackle the problems faced by marine plastics then we all need to get involved. Small changes in daily habbits, education and awareness are key. Get inspiration from The Plastic Project, Surfers Against Sewage and 2 Minute Beach Clean.