1) Shoreline cleanup
The consequences of plastic accumulation in the ocean and on beaches are dramatic. We are facing a global crisis: thousands of tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of birds, sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals are killed every year after ingesting plastic or being entangled in plastic. Plastic micro-fragments also pollute up to 88% of the ocean surface and directly affect the marine food chain.
To combat plastic pollution in the ocean, we are committed to cleaning up the coasts and seabeds. We use a variety of methods including manual beach pick-up, underwater diving, and a trawl towed on the water’s surface.
2) Raising awareness
In order to protect and preserve the environment, it is essential to alert and raise awareness about the consequences of plastic pollution. We organize conferences and workshops in our different ports of call. We address various topics such as the impact of human’s effect on the ocean, new techniques for consuming less and consuming responsibly, and on how to recycle everyday objects.
It is crucial to take the time to educate the public but also to explain current environmental issues to all members of the public, from adults to children.
Specifically, we are committed to:
One crew selected for each mission
A crew of about 20 people is selected for each mission (with a one month minimum commitment). They are selected to sail the boat and carry out clean ups and planned pollution control tasks.
A laboratory to test a Zero Waste policy
With the aim of being eco-friendly, the crew limits the amount of waste on board. Whether it is in their diet by favoring fresh and bulk vegetables, or in hygiene and maintenance products, avoiding the use of pollutants or plastic containers.
We have also implemented simple and accessible solutions on board to reduce waste production and reduce our environmental footprint. We manufacture everyday products (toothpaste, dishwashing liquid, laundry, etc.), derived from non-polluting products, but also certain food products (oat milk, etc.).
A vegetable diet on board (vegetarian and vegan)
On board, the diet is vegetarian only (with vegan options) in line with the association’s ethics. The food purchased comes from organic products, taking into account seasonality, savings (waste reduction, bulk, etc.) and local production.
A scientific study conducted by Professor Christan Schmidt from the University of Leipzig recently showed that 90% of the decayed plastic in the oceans comes from only 10 rivers, with 8 million tons per year. The ten rivers concerned are the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Hai River, the Pearl River and the Indus River. The other two rivers, the Nile and the Niger River are in Africa.
After a review of attempts to address this issue, Wings of the Ocean is working to implement a comprehensive and effective action plan for the recovery of these plastic macro waste that are continuously discharged in the oceans.