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Leonor Greyl Donates $1 from Every Online Purchase to The SeaCleaners

The Sea Cleaners

With 8 million metric tons of plastic trash dumped into our seas every year, Leonor Greyl is committed to helping stop the flow of ocean plastic pollution that impacts nearly 700 marine species ­– from plankton to turtles to whales.

Beginning on Earth Day, Leonor Greyl will donate $1 for every online purchase to The SeaCleaners between April 22 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The SeaCleaners is an innovative organization on a mission to build the first seagoing vessel capable of collecting and processing more than 100 tons of plastic per trip. The “Manta” is scheduled to launch in late 2023 so the first collections can begin in 2024.

“Ocean plastic pollution is a problem now more than ever,” says Caroline Greyl, brand president. “It is vital that we continue partnering with The SeaCleaners, especially during this exciting time when the Manta is coming off the drawing board and nearing construction.”

Leonor Greyl has supported The SeaCleaners and donated over $50,000 since 2019.

Leonor Greyl was founded with a commitment to respect the Earth. Our eco-friendly legacy has taken many shapes over the years. It includes using natural plant ingredients that are sustainably sourced and packaging our products in recyclable glass, plastic and cardboard.

We are always looking for ways to do better, which is why we also are investigating new developments in biodegradable plastics.

“We want to make sure our product containers don’t break down into harmful microplastics,” says Tom Brooks, the brand’s research and development director.

As The SeaCleaners often say, ocean protection starts on land. 

Here are some eye-opening ocean plastic pollution statistics from The SeaCleaners: 17 tons of plastic waste are dumped into the oceans every minute, 80% of the waste in the oceans is plastic, and 1,400 marine species are already impacted.

The pandemic health crisis might be exacerbating the problem. Thousands of tons of masks and gloves have been thrown out since the start of the pandemic, and demand for plastic packaging has grown by 30%, according to The SeaCleaners.

The Manta’s designers, who are based in France, say their catamaran would collect 5,000-10,000 tons of floating trash per year.

The innovative design includes three treadmills that collect macro- and microplastics and move them along conveyor belts into onboard sorters. The trash is transformed into electricity through pyrolysis (decomposition at high temperatures), which powers the Manta’s electrical equipment.

The 56-meter (183-foot) long vessel could also operate in river mouths and estuaries to catch plastic waste before it breaks down and flows into oceans. You can see the revolutionary design in this video.

Yvan Bourgnon of the Sea Cleaners

The SeaCleaners founder Yvan Bourgnon recently told Reuters that if 400 Mantas were built, they could clean up one-third of today’s ocean plastic pollution.

Yvan is a lifelong competitive yachtsman who has broken several world records, including sailing solo around the world in a catamaran without GPS in 2013-2015. The floating carpets of trash he saw along the way fueled his drive to create The SeaCleaners.

Leonor Greyl is proud to support this forward-thinking organization and join its other esteemed partners, who include The Prince Albert II of the Monaco Foundation and the United Nation’s Environment Program.

Please join us in saving our oceans. Start by reducing, recycling, and reusing materials. Choose refillable water bottles over plastic. Bag your groceries in reusable bags from home. Pick up plastic trash you see lying around.

To learn more about ocean plastic pollution and The SeaCleaners, visit their website at www.theseacleaners.org.

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