OCEAN 2 OCEAN
OUR CO-FOUNDER SAM BENCHEGHIB STARTED OFF HIS EPIC RUN 3,000 MILES ACROSS AMERICA ON JULY 26TH 2019. SAM IS ON A MISSION TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE GROWING PROBLEM OF PLASTIC POLLUTION IN OUR OCEANS.
SAM’S RUNNING BLOG
THE VIDEO SERIES
SAM’S LIVE RUN
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.
IF we want to see big change, we need to take on big challenges.
On July 26th 2019, Sam will begin this brave, arduous journey starting in Battery Park, 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 up-cyclced shoes. Sam will be running wearing adidas x Parley running shoes, made with Ocean Plastic®, a material made from up-cycled plastic waste collected from remote beaches and coastal communities.
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.
Here are a few press accolades that have covered Sam’s run:
THIS PROJECT IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF
AND IS MADE NEAR ZERO-WASTE WITH THE HELP OF
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