Purifying the beaches of Mexico.
Saving lives with each bag of plastic.
Our planet is thankful to each one.
The land of turtles
Akumal is the area's happening place for endangered turtles. The ocean floor at Akumal is covered with sea grass, one of the turtles’ favorite foods. They’ll linger for hours in the bay, casually munching on the grass. This also means that they stay close to shore where humans inhabit and pollute the oceans. Plastic waste in this area has caused a decrease of 70% of turtles in the past year. This is something unheard of and saddens all of us.
The sargassum invasion
Over the last year, the caribbean sea has been attempting to heal itself from the inside out. It has created a type of seaweed (sargassum) that traps the plastic. This seaweed then slowly makes it's way to land. Caribbean governments are acknowledging that the seaweed, which impacts on tourism, fisheries and wildlife, could pose a long-term threat. This could cause the beautiful blues of the Caribbean to vanish forever. We need to fix this problem before it is too late.
The world's largest underground river system
The geologic formation of Quintana Roo is made up of limestone rock. This means the ground is extremely permeable, allowing water to filter through the soil and feed the underground river system. This system is vital to the survival of the coral reefs, wildlife and current of the sea. The amount of pollution and water contamination has caused a very large threat to the planet. Sian Ka'an Bio Reserve catches all the plastic waste running through the North Pacific Gyre. The once prestine beaches have become a dumping place for our seas.
The coral reefs are dying
We have continued to scout beaches all over the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. This coastline is home to thousands of marine animals as well as some of the worlds largest coral reefs. The polluted waters have caused a mass amount of the coral reefs to die. Barrier reefs help stabilize mangroves and seagrass beds, which can easily be uprooted by large waves and h6 currents. As the foundation for complex food webs, coral reefs support an incredible diversity of fish. Algae, soft coral, sponges and invertebrates create the base of this web. From small herbivorous fish to large predatory fish, all find food and protection on the reef.
We can all take part, even in the smallest way, to help heal our planet. On this website you will find resources and information that can help you change your daily habits as well as become more aware of the impact single-use plastic has on our planet & existence.
Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution