Our Impact


Did you know the fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world?

At Earth Connection Apparel we wanted to give back to the earth, we knew we had to do something to clean up the fashion industry. 

All of our clothes are made out of recycled plastic but for us that wasn't enough. 

We want to spread awareness for consumers to make more conscious choices. This could be as simple as carrying cutlery instead of using plastic take out to saying no to plastic toys from the dollar store that will only be broken in a day or buying hand soap bars instead of liquid soap in plastic containers. 

But we also want to recognize the amazing non-profit organizations doing something for the earth by cleaning it up. We love what these organizations are doing for our planet and to show our support we are giving a portion of profits to support their efforts.

When you purchase clothing from Earth Connection Apparel we will donate 1% of sales to The Ocean Clean Up. As Earth Connection Apparel gets more established the goal is to give more to these organizations.

We are dedicating this page to highlighting organizations that are doing amazing work. 

 

THE OCEAN CLEAN UP 

It all started when 16-year-old Boyan Slat saw more plastic than fish in the Ocean and wondered, "Why can't we just clean this up?"

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-government engineering environmental organization based in the Netherlands, that develops technology to extract plastic pollution from the oceans. After a couple of years of various tests they deployed their first full-scale prototype. It ran into difficulty after two months and was towed to Hawaii for inspection and repair. In June 2019, their second prototype system was deployed.

The organization conducts scientific research into oceanic plastic pollution. It was founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, a Dutch-born inventor-entrepreneur of Croatian origin who serves as its CEO. It has conducted two expeditions to the North Pacific Gyre, and published scientific papers. The clean-up approach uses barriers in ocean gyres to scoop up marine debris as the barrier is pushed by wind and current. The project aims to launch a total of 60 such systems in the patch by 2021. They predict this capability could clean up 50% of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years.

In late October 2019, TOC announced a new initiative, The Interceptor, to attack the trash problem closer to the source, with plans to prevent 80% of ocean trash coming from 1000 rivers worldwide.

Here are some fun youtube videos of their cool invention. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOceanCleanup

 

MAR AMOR 

A non-profit organization that serves the oceans and beaches of Mexico. 

Mar Amor is a Mexican foundation cleaning the beaches and waters of Mexico. Founded in September of 2018 by Mexican local, Diego Zamora; Mexican raised American, Whitney Rogers & later partnered with South African plastic man, Bryan Dumbdrill. After visiting the Sian Ka'an Bio Reserve, off the coast of Tulum Mexico, they were forever changed by the mass amounts of plastic covering every inch of this once pristine Caribbean coastline. This impacted them enough to initiate a journey with a mission to end the plastic pollution in Mexico.

Mar Amor not only holds beach cleanings regularly but they have informational outlets and social involvement. They truly are slowly building a conscious Mexico. They are on a mission to change the way people see plastic recognizing us as a whole need to eliminate the daily need of single-use plastic. 

This is their Visions for the Seas: 

We Can Change The Way Things Are Evolving. We Are The Only Solution That This Planet Has. We Made A Terrible Mess And We Need Everyone Helping To Clean It Up.

Over the last 60 years we have damaged our planet almost to the point of no return. We have a vision for future generations. We want to impact today's youth to ensure that this human error does not continue. We want to focus on long-term solutions that promote healthy oceans, abundant marine life and thriving communities along the Caribbean coastlines. Each member of Mar Amor has its vision for the future of plastic. We hope to achieve every single one.

Please check out this non-profit organization at http://maramor.org/about-us