388lbs+ of trash removed!
We've partnered with #TeamSeas so that with every purchase made, 1 POUND of trash is removed from our oceans.
Every order is 1 less pound of trash in our oceans.
#TeamSeas is one of the biggest, baddest, most-impactful cleanup projects of all time. This global campaign raised $30M+ to remove 30M+ pounds of plastic and trash from our ocean, rivers, and beaches.
What's the problem?
The ocean and the life within it are incredibly important. Unfortunately our ocean—and the rivers that feed it—are full of plastic trash. Pollution from MILLIONS of items like cups, bags, straws, and abandoned fishing gear is a health crisis for our entire planet.
We've taken common FAQ questions from #TeamSeas. Please check https://teamseas.org/ for more information!
HOW WILL THIS WORK?At Retea, we will be making monthly donations to TeamSeas. Every order will be 1lb trashed removed and every imperfect cup will be an additional donation.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY?Every single dollar #TeamSeas raises toward the $30M will go to independently verified pounds of trash that have been removed from beaches, rivers or the ocean. When you donate, the funds go directly to the two not-for-profit organizations, Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Cleanup. They split the funds 50/50 and the money will be released when the trash is removed and verified: $1, one pound. Each non-profit is responsible for delivering on their half of the goal.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE TRASH?Great question! Wherever and whenever possible, items like cans, glass, and plastic beverage bottles will be separated and recycled. In cases where contamination of the trash and/or lack of local recycling makes it impossible to reprocess, trash will go to a proper disposal site in accordance with local regulations and capacity. That’s why we need to reduce the amount of plastic we use and waste we generate, period.
WHICH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE THEY PARTNERING WITH?They've partnered up with Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Cleanup. All donations to #TeamSeas will be split between the two organizations, 50/50.
IS CLEANUP REALLY THE BEST SOLUTION?The plastic pollution problem is so big that no single solution will fix it at once. But we’ve got to start somewhere. 30M pounds of trash collected is 30M pounds of trash that won’t come face to face with whales, dolphins, seabirds and other beloved wildlife, and that won’t keep breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, ending up on our dinner plates. There are a lot of ways you can tackle the problem, and we think cleanups are complementary so long as they’re not excuses for delay. By reaching a billion people through #TeamSeas videos, and activating new generations of ocean advocates, we hope to inspire a movement and demand for solutions. Plastic and our oceans don’t mix, and we’re here to do something about it.
WHAT ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?Plastic production and climate change are inextricably linked, and both are huge problems for the ocean. Every year, 11 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean. Nearly all of these plastics are made from fossil fuels including crude oil, natural gas liquids and coal. Ocean Conservancy has estimated that the crude oil needed to make that much plastic is over 800 times more than the amount spilled during the Exxon Valdez disaster! And the greenhouse gas emissions from the plastics sector are about 2 gigatons, equivalent to the emissions of 370 million passenger cars.