When most people think about the Florida Everglades, the last thing they probably think about is Disney World, EPCOT, and Universal Studios. But the reality is, just south and east of these world-famous Orlando theme parks, there is a little-known waterway called Shingle Creek winding its way behind such luxurious resorts as the Ritz Carlton, the Rosen, and JW Marriott. Surprisingly enough, this is where the water story begins –– this is where Everglades begins. And unfortunately, where the problems begin, too.
Around the world, many species both on land and in the sea are facing the most important fight of their lives –– the one that could potentially be the final fight to exist on this planet. Today is Endangered Species Day and we want to recognize the peril of these iconic animals in hopes of bringing attention to their plight and call out some amazing work our non-profit partners are doing to save these creatures.
If you guessed a group of incredibly dedicated and eco-aware 5th graders from Princeton Day School in New Jersey, you'd be correct! The students discovered 4ocean on the internet and began to research exactly what it is that we do. See how our inspiration is helping them raise awareness about the ocean plastic pollution crisis and how their effort has grown into something even bigger!
Octopuses are part of the "cephalopoda" class of mollusks, which literally means "head-foot," and they're some of the most intelligent and elusive creatures in the ocean. They have an uncanny ability to disappear into their surroundings to escape predators or to hunt for their prey, but ocean plastic pollution is threatening their habits all over the world. Inside, there are links to some awesome videos we put together that will amaze you and leave you heartbroken at the same time.
Microplastics aren't only found in the ocean. The prevalence and widespread nature of these plastic particles threaten all four corners of our planet. From the tiniest cracks of mountain ranges to the smallest crevices in sea ice. Discover all the unexpected and alarming places researchers have found microplastics.
As complex of an ecosystem as the Everglades is, the history and politics of how it came to be in such a dire state may be even more complex. But there simply isn't enough room in this short post to get into all of that. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that the Everglades need our help. So take a stand and support Everglades restoration now!
Earth Day is the one day a year that the world comes together to celebrate the fragile island in space that we all call home. It really is a bit strange, however, that we only do this once a year because we all know that every day should really be Earth Day. The actions we take, the influence we have, and the things we say today, tomorrow, and the next day matter to the future of this planet.
Sometimes we need to think outside the box (or basket in this case) and look for any and all opportunities to reduce our consumption of plastic. Easter is the perfect chance to do so because historically this day is full of plastic. From the baskets to the grass, and the eggs to the candies, we take a look at how you can create a plastic-free holiday for your family this year. This isn't as hard as it may seem, it just takes a little bit of planning ahead of time.
When one of our daily cleanup crew members from 4ocean Miami found a bird that didn't quite look right, he jumped into rescue mode and ferried the sick gull over to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Rescue Station for a little rehab and recovery. Check out the video of the story inside!
The foodie in you is in for a big surprise! The fish we're eating and the salt we're using to season our food are becoming contaminated with plastic and the toxins these plastics absorb from the environment. Researchers have yet to determine whether there are human health risks associated with the microplastics in our food, but just the thought leaves us feeling sick.
We're educating the world about a global icon: the Great Barrier Reef. Not only that, but we are also supporting a nonprofit that is out there on the front lines keeping an eye on the changes happening to the Great Barrier Reef and creating solutions for its preservation.
With all our complex measurement tools and fancy scientific data collection techniques, it may be one of the most simple creatures in the ocean that could become our greatest ally on the journey to understand microplastic pollution in the ocean on a global scale.
The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR is not a new concept but it is gaining steam again as a way to help solve the ocean plastic pollution problem. The burden of plastic waste, collection and recycling are now squarely on the shoulders of consumers and governments. EPR shifts that responsibility back to manufacturers and producers.
We want you to break the habit of single-use plastic straws, so in this post, we explain why it's so important and give you an alternative that is just as good. Curbing ocean plastic pollution starts with you and the small decisions you make every day.
A "nurdle" sounds like a cute and cuddly imaginary animal you might find in the stuffed toy section of your local big box store. But nurdles are actually tiny microplastics being consumed by fish that harbor all kinds of pathogens on their surfaces. Take a deeper look at the tiny world of nurdles.
Manta Rays are some of the most majestic creatures in the ocean. However, they are under threat from many directions and it takes organizations like our partner, the Oceanic Preservation Society, to bring their plight to life through films and education efforts.
Microplastics have found their way into our food chain through the ingestion of contaminated fish, shellfish and even sea salt which potentially is putting human health at risk. In this post, we take a look at the food web and see just how easy it is for these microplastics to get into our system.
In this third installment of the "A History of...." blog series, we take a look at the history and stigma of the plastic bottle. It had innocent enough beginnings, but it was a "bottle war" that exploded the ocean plastic epidemic onto the world. Now we're left to figure out the aftermath of the battle and come up with solutions on how to find a better and more sustainable way forward.
In our ongoing effort to bring awareness to how and why the plastic pollution crisis has become so widespread, we take a look at the history of the plastic bag in the second of our "A History of...." blog series. Maybe people a thousand years ago had it right with the reusable bag idea, we'll let you be the judge.
Fairly or unfairly, the plastic straw has become the poster child for the effort to curb the plastic pollution crisis. In this first installment of our "A History of...." series, we take a look back at the evolution of the straw from beginning to end. With bans of plastic straws popping up all over the globe, let's jump back in time to see what they were, where it went wrong and what they are becoming now.
Recycling plastic can be confusing because there are just so many different kinds. Some of them can be recycled while others not. In this post, the 4ocean Education Team breaks down the types of plastic into easy-to-understand infographics that will hopefully help you take your plastic recycling game to the next level.
Have you heard of the new exercise trend called plogging where people pick up trash while they exercise? It's something we fully support so let's get you up to speed. The word comes from the combination of "plocka" (means "pick up" in Swedish) and "jogging," but it can be done while walking, cycling, or hiking too.
The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the most endangered marine mammals on the planet. They are under threat from a myriad of man-made causes including ocean plastic and trash. We have partnered with The Marine Mammal Center to support the Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian monk seal hospital which is helping to save these amazing creatures. Here are 10 facts about Hawaiian monk seals so you can get to know and love them just like we do.
With so much single-use plastic making its way into our daily lives, people are always asking us what are the best ways to reduce its use. In this post, we break down 15 ways to do. These are simple things that can make a big difference in the long run for the ocean.