Kai is partnering with these organizations to further explore the impact plastic pollution is having on his home waters, while also rallying volunteers to clean up the waste from Hawaii's majestic beaches. Donate below to support Kai's mission to keep our oceans and coastlines beautiful.
ABOUT THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTE: Beginning in 2010, the nonprofit 5 Gyres Institute began a series of scientific firsts by researching plastic in all five subtropical gyres, as well as the Great Lakes and Antarctica. 5 Gyres’ paper on plastic microbead pollution in the Great Lakes inspired a two-year collaborative campaign that culminated in a federal ban, signed by President Obama in 2015. In 2017, 5 Gyres will embark on its 18th Expedition, to research micro and nanoplastic pollution in the Arctic.
Through their action campaigns, 5 Gyres inspires individuals and communities to pledge to go #plasticfree for a day, week, year—or forever. People can go #plasticfree by refusing the top five sources of single use plastic: plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic to-go containers, plastic takeaway cups, and plastic straws. The 5 Gyres Institute’s vision is a planet free of plastic pollution and they believe, together, we can make a difference—one piece at a time.
ABOUT SUSTAINABLE COASTLINES HAWAII: Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is a grassroots, local nonprofit organization run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers. They inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups. They also coordinate educational programs, public awareness campaigns and help others run their own beach cleanups. They love Hawai‘i’s beaches and love to keep them clean. By educating people about reducing their waste and the need to keep our beaches clean, they foster a connection to their coastline and coastlines thousands of miles away.