Pollution is completely preventable—join our Sea Hugger movement and together we can be a part of the solution.
Litter4Tokens in South Africa aims to instill pride in the community by encouraging hard work, and in turn, help feed and clothe the community. Litter4Tokens was launched in 2015 by Clare Swithenbank-Bowman at one school in Ballito, South Africa. It has since grown to six schools, and we plan to help Litter4Tokens expand to other needy cities in South Africa.
This program is proving to be a huge benefit for the participants. It improves their quality of life through the sale of the recyclables they collect, beautifies their community, prevents the plastic from entering the ocean ecosystem, and teaches them to protect the environment.
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After witnessing first hand the devastation of human impact on the Great Barrier Reef, the coasts of Asia and Mexico, and increased plastic on the beaches at home in California, Shell Cleave decided she could no longer idly stand by and watch her beloved Mama Ocean being used as a dumping ground. She closed down her Technical Writing Business of 25 years and founded Sea Hugger in 2017 with the help and support of her family.
Shell is a surfer, SUPer, scuba diver, and life-long trash picker upper. She has a vision to create a community of Sea Huggers - people who realize that along with the great blessings we receive from the ocean and natural world comes great responsibility to preserve and protect it. Shell is an impassioned lover and defender of the marine ecosystem, and sustainable lifestyle advocate. She is available for speaking engagements.
Autumn Cleave is a Pollution Prevention Specialist with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she works to protect water quality through implementing water pollution prevention programs for the city of San Francisco. This year, she accepted the role of Chair for the Bay Area Pollution Prevention Group. She has previously worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the challenges humans pose to aquatic life and their ecosystem, and ways the public and public agencies can protect and even restore them. Recently, Autumn provided data on single-use plastic litter that was used in a proposed piece of legislation to ban single-use plastic in San Francisco.
Autumn shares her knowledge with us so that we can share it with others—especially on the severity of microplastics microfibers (we did not realize our fuzzy fleece sweatshirts actually presented a danger to the ocean).