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The Estoras Group of Companies Donates $2,000 to Remove 1 Metric Ton of Plastic From The World’s Oceans!

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Another year goes by in the blink of an eye! It’s been an interesting year, to say the least. As we roll into December, all of us are thinking about ways we can give back to our community. 

We consulted one of our experts (Tegan Kleine – Patrick and Robert’s son), and he was already donating his monthly allowance to an outstanding cause; #TeamSeas! This will be one of the biggest, most-impactful cleanup projects of all time. With each dollar donated, #TeamSeas will remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean.

Through locally-organized cleanups, they are trying to remove 30 million pounds of trash from the ocean by January 1st, 2022! Most notable on the team are several famous YouTubers (Mark Rober & Mr. Beast), along with Boyan Slat from The Ocean Cleanup: a non-profit organization developing and scaling technologies to rid the oceans of plastic.

Among the various types of garbage, they’ll be removing from the oceans is lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear (AKA “ghost gear”). Ghost gear is some of the deadliest ocean trash and is very difficult to recover. It’s estimated that ghost gear makes up at least 10% of marine litter. This roughly translates to between 500,000 and 1 million tons of fishing gear abandoned in the world’s oceans each year. Ghost gear impacts marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and more, and is the type of debris that has proven to be the most lethal.

The experts with Ocean Conservancy’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative® have been removing this type of debris from waters all around the world for years. Ocean Conservancy will work with its Global Ghost Gear Initiative® members and partners on the water to identify ghost gear graveyards around the world. Specially trained experts will grapple or float the gear to the surface, where the gear will be hooked onto boat cranes, lifted out of the ocean, and then recycled. #TeamSeas will work with local authorities to make sure any labelled, working gear is returned to local fishers. The remaining gear will be recycled– when possible – and the remainder properly disposed of.

The Estoras Group of Companies will all be chipping in to donate $2,000 to this initiative to help remove 1 metric ton of trash from the world’s oceans!

Check out this video from Mark Rober below!

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