This summer, Sam is going to run across the U.S. from New York to LA to address plastic pollution in an attempt to be the first person to cross the American continent using recycled plastic shoes. 


"anyone can make a difference if they take the first step. Whether that step be to run across America, to reduce plastic consumption, or SIMPLY SAY NO TO A PLASTIC STRAW. IT ALL BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP." - SAM Bencheghib, Make A Change World

The Motivation

Our oceans are drowning in Plastic

Every second breath comes from the ocean. It is the lifeblood of our planet and we can no longer stand by and watch as we are destroying our most precious resource.

Plastic has become one of the most produced man-made materials and it is everywhere. Plastic waste is quickly accumulating around the globe in cities, in landfills, on some of our most pristine shorelines, in the open sea and even in the deep sea. If we don’t stop our consumption habits, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. And as of today there are already more micro plastics in our ocean than stars in our galaxy. It’s affecting our water, our corals and our marine life. Studies have found that close to 95% of seabirds are ingesting this ocean plastic and researchers have found plastic in rain samples and in the air that we breathe around the world. 

These are just a few statistics that highlight the urgency of acting now.


The Journey

IF we want TO SEE BIG change, we need to take on big challenges.

In late July, Sam will begin this brave, arduous journey starting in New York and ending in Los Angeles. Running from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

The journey is expected to last 5 months and cover a distance of around 3,000 miles (4,830km), crossing 13 U.S. states, and meeting with over 10,000 faces.

Sam will be running 20 miles a day for 160 days and will be the first person to ever complete this challenge in recycled shoes.


The Goal

Together we can make our oceans great again!

By bringing the plastic pollution conversation to communities on shore, we hope to to encourage and inspire others to live more sustainably and generate less waste.

Along our journey, we will be hosting educational presentations at schools and universities, organizing events such as zero-waste workshops, documentary screenings, street and city cleanups and run-alongs (plogging) with running clubs and athlete organizations.

We plan to produce weekly videos. These 2-3 minute videos will include portraits of sustainable heroes as well as updates on Sam’ running adventure.

Join us in our fight against ocean plastic pollution.