5 Gyres Partnership
Our 5 Gyres Partnership: More Ocean, Less Plastic

“The best way to solve the world’s ocean plastic problem is to prevent trash from getting there in the first place,”  Marcus Eriksen, research director and co-founder of The 5 Gyres Institute.

Plaine Products works hard to keep plastic out of the ocean. By offering natural products in aluminum bottles we provide an easy alternative to plastic. We also support nonprofit partners that are working towards the same goal. It’s no secret that my sister and I love the ocean so we are excited about our new 5 Gyres Partnership. Their mission aligns perfectly with ours, both of us working towards less plastic in our oceans.

5 Gyres Partnership

5 Gyres research director and co-founder, Marcus Eriksen, pulling a net out of the ocean on a plastic survey trip. Photo By Sergio Izquierdo.

5 Gyres empowers action against plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. They have covered more than 50,000 miles of ocean to study plastic pollution on their expeditions. They teach conservation by engaging communities to think about how to protect our oceans by making smarter choices on land.

5 Gyres Partnership: Plastic Free Shopping Guide

Plaine Products was recently added to the 5 Gyre’s Plastic Free Shopping Guide. The Guide was created in response to daily questions about how people can live their lives with less plastic. Products in their Plastic-Free Shopping Guide are there to help decrease dependence on plastic, start a conversation about conservation, and support the mission of 5 Gyres. The items included in the Plastic Free Shopping Guide were chosen because they are multi-use, durably made to last, and provide valuable alternatives to single-use plastic items.

Get involved: Take the Pledge

As part of our 5 Gyres Partnership, we encourage you to sign up to support their #topless4oceans and the #foamfree Challenge. Did you know Americans use more than 25 BILLION of styrofoam cups each year, most of those with a polystyrene lid? Neither can be recycled. Which means they go straight to the landfill, along the side of the road as litter, or ocean. These lids and cups aren’t just bad for the planet, they may be bad for your health too. Styrene was found “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” by the National Toxicology Program in 2011. It was also listed as a carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 in 2016.