Our planet’s waterways are littered with tons of plastic each year — an estimated 220 million tons to be exact — and most of that finds its way into precious ecosystems that aren’t prepared for the consequences.
Studies show that plastic debris in the oceans is responsible for the deaths of more than a million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine mammals each year, in addition to a multitude of other problems plastic pollution causes in the environment.
As a result, Costa Del Mar, long a leading “green company” that gives back to conservation of our natural resources, launched its Kick Plastic campaign last year aimed at making a difference. This year, Costa has introduced a line of “See What’s Out There” T-shirts, made from 50 percent polyester composed of recycled plastic, and 50 percent organic cotton.
The six shirts come in vibrant color options, such as red heather, royal blue heather and charcoal heather, featuring original hand-drawn artwork of places Costa hopes to protect, such as famed billfish lodge Casa Vieja in Guatemala. Other locations featured include Ascension Bay, one of the best inshore fishing destinations in the world, as well as the Northern Baja region in Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Key West, Fla.
“Plastic pollution is a very real threat to the oceans as we now know it – more than 80 percent of the world’s fish test positive for plastic in their system, and more than 20 billion plastic bottles end up in the ocean each year,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa, in a news release. “Working together to make small changes, such as swapping out plastic grocery bags for reusable ones, or drinking out of a permanent water bottle, can go a long way to reducing the amount of plastic trash from ending up in the oceans.”
The “See What’s Out There” line of T-shirts retail for $34, and are available at Costa online, and at authorized retail partners.