Did you know that it is estimated that if we continue dumping plastic waste into the oceans, by 2050, ocean plastic will outweigh all of the fish? And, that there is so much junk at sea that there are large garbage patches floating around—with the largest covering an area twice the size of Texas? This waste impacts marine life, the food chain, and more. Here, four companies are helping to clean up the world’s waters by recycling ocean waste into cool products.
From the ocean to your wrist—these stylish watches from Nixon are made from ocean plastics. They have an extensive line of various watches, including this Staple design, a unisex option that also includes a digital coin-flip feature to help with tough decisions. This month, Nixon is also debuting a solar-powered design. $115 at www.nixon.com
The Future is Bright
Discarded fishing nets are dangerous left in the ocean. Left to drift, they damage ecosystems and trap marine life. Costa works with Bureo, an innovative organization that works with Chilean fishermen to up-cycle discarded fishing nets and turn them into a pelletized plastic that can then be turned into products like these sunglasses, the Caldera Polarized Glass (580). $219 at www.costadelmar.com
The Cassea Swim swimwear line by Cassandra Kunzeski is handmade in Columbia, and the products are made using ECONYL fabric. ECONYL is a type of regenerated nylon made from waste from landfills and oceans. Olive You Satin Top, $52 and Olive You High Waisted Bottoms, $49, both at www.casseaswim.com
Breathe easy with 4Ocean’s Face Mask Support Frames. Not only will they give you some breathing room in your mask—they reduce skin contact and mask-wearing fatigue while giving you a little more room to breathe—but they are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, including 50% 4ocean Plastic. And, with each purchase of the frame, one pound of trash is pulled from the ocean. $20 at www.4ocean.com