All One Ocean works to keep trash off our beaches and out of the ocean with our Beach Clean Up Stations.
Each one of us can reduce to some degree our consumption of single-use items. From bottled water and plastic bags, utensils and straws, we each use much more than our fair share. It’s not hard to change habits, we just need the will, an understanding of how and then practice! Following are some resources to see where in your life you might be able to reduce the amount of single-use items you consume.
All One Ocean is devoted to educating people about the destructive impacts of our trash by providing a simple way for beach-goers to help clean up our oceans, beautify beaches and prevent needless death and suffering to marine life any time they visit the beach. We partner with beach agencies and communities to install Beach Clean Up Stations (B’CUS), small boxes permanently mounted at beaches which contain sturdy, re-purposed bags for collecting beach debris and decorated with educational signage as well as kids’ ocean-themed art. Essentially, our Stations are a way to make every day, on every beach, a clean up day.
Since 2012, AOO’s organized Cleanups have removed 42,300 pieces of trash from California and Hawia‘i beaches. Thanks to AOO’s 23 Stations, more than 1,000,000 pieces of trash have been cleaned up from our shorelines.
Source: All one Ocean is a project of Earth Island Institute
Director: Lauren W. Weiner
Founder: Hallie Austen Iglehart
Why support Us
Every tiny piece of human trash picked up is one less toxin in someone’s stomach.
The most dangerous litter is our throw-away plastic because of its longevity and capacity to increase in toxicity, eventually returning to the human food chain in a more lethal form.
. Much of our plastic ends up in the ocean in giant collections of trash called gyres, created by circular ocean currents. They trap debris for decades where it continues to break into ever smaller, more toxic pieces, never fully biodegrading.
. Too much of it winds up in the bellies of marine life. Like seabirds whose primary diet can be pieces of plastic and styrofoam.
. Creatures in the sea have existed for millions of years. They have not adapted to our ocean debris. When swallowed it contaminates the natural food chain – adding toxicity to our own systems when we eat ocean life.
. Beach Clean Up Stations provide a simple, doable way for people to have fun cleaning up trash as they enjoy their beach activities.
. As with our pilot project on Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore, communities organize and maintain these permanent, do-it-yourself Stations.
. By removing beach trash we protect ourselves as well as the fish, turtles, whales, dolphins and seabirds that are sustained by our collective Ocean.
. Studies have shown that people who do volunteer work live happier, healthier and longer lives. In the words of Kenny Ausubel, “Hope is a bird with its sleeves rolled up.”
All One Ocean Installs Third Beach Clean Up Station on The Big Island of Hawai‘i.
Their work to build awareness of the impacts that marine debris has on ocean ecosystems, marine life and human health focuses on community-driven solutions to reduce single-use plastics and other waste.