Plastic pollution has become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Worldwide, on average eight billion kilos of plastics end up in our oceans every year – that is 23.000 kilos every single minute(!). Those plastics – ranging from large to microscopically small – cause devastating effects on the environment and animals. We don’t know yet what it does to us, humans. A recent report though stated that European seafood eaters consume up to 11.000 (!) pieces of plastic every year, mainly through the consumption of mussels, of which 40 to 60 might end up in our tissue. We no longer want to be on the sidelines.
–> there are no plastic islands, all the waters of this planet are filling up with (tiny) plastic particles, something we show on our sailing expeditions time after time
By the Ocean we Unite is a Dutch foundation with charitable status (ANBI) that contributes to preventing more plastics from ending up in our oceans. Through the organization of a variety of sailing expeditions – and other projects, such as lectures, documentaries & more (see below) – we show people the beauty of the waters of this planet while we conduct research, create awareness, educate and activate people, organisations and governments (in the end, both are nothing more than groups of people, aren’t they? :)) to make much needed changes. By joining forces with partners worldwide we increase our outreach and positive impact. Join us on our journey and help protecting our oceans, the animals and ourselves from plastic pollution.
No pointing fingers, we all contribute and we’re all in this together. Let us take you on a fun, active and positive journey and learn what you can do as an individual or organisation wanting to make a change. Ahoy!
By the way, we don’t want to pretend to be more catholic than the pope, as it is so nicely put. We also use plastics: the material can be extremely handy, necessary and unavoidable sometimes. We DO try to minimize our plastic use – and we’ve found out there’s so much you can do to decrease your plastic footprint. Check out some tips here! It can be fun, cheaper and it feels better. 🙂
drawings on this website by Arlette Beerenfenger
”I didn’t expect the Baltic to this polluted. Tiny plastic particles everywhere.” – Hanna Verboom
Conducting scientific research and learning about plastic pollution whilst sailing our beautiful oceans
One or two-day sailing expeditions for individuals and groups
One or several day sailing expeditions for organisations
Book us for a reading on our story and (marine) plastic pollution
Movies to create awareness and promote solutions
Bringing together knowledge, ideas, network and solutions
Informational evenings on our activities
Making the island Silba (Croatia) into an eco-island with a focus on plastics
OF MARINE PLASTIC POLLUTION
*The figures presented here are based on extrapolations and should be viewed with a critical eye, as it is impossible to measure all plastics or fish in the oceans. They however do give a perspective on the sheer size of the marine plastic pollution issue we face today.