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THE PLANET SINCE

2021

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PLANET-POSITIVE
BUSINESS UNITS CREATED

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OBF - Protect what you love

OCEAN BORN FOUNDATION

For the planet to survive – we need a healthy ocean. At Ocean Born Foundation we believe the ocean is the biggest natural solution available to tackle the climate crisis so we are fully committed to restoring and protecting it.

 

Our mission is to create sustainable income streams and invest 100% of all profits to benefit the ocean through our grants, investments and partnerships. We do this by bringing competitive, quality products to market, while minimising our environmental impact. Our work aims to accelerate solutions that reduce the damage human activities have had on the ocean’s ability to protect life on the planet.

100% for the ocean

OUR ACTIVITIES

As consumers we know that we must lower our consumption, prioritise quality over quantity and choose products that are produced with more consideration to the planet. This is embedded in our brand philosophy. All our products are made in the most planet-responsible way possible, of good quality and most importantly 100% of the profits go towards ocean restoration and protection.

 

That is our promise to you – so you can be sure that you are helping the planet when you drink our beer or wear something out of our collections.

Why the ocean

Planet Earth is the “blue planet”, an ocean planet. The majestic ocean supports and sustains every living species on the planet. We simply cannot survive without a healthy ocean.

 

With every breath we take, with every drop we drink, we’re connected to the ocean. We and all living things depend on its vitality to support and sustain us.

 

In addition to its beauty, therapeutic powers and recreational opportunities, the ocean does the following…

THE OCEAN CONNECTS US.

The ocean is the main mode of transport for world trade. With c. 90% of traded goods carried over the waves, it connects cities and countries around the world, driving economic activity and trade.

IT FEEDS US:

The ocean is the number one source of protein for more than two billion people, making it a critical source of food. In addition to seafood, ingredients from the ocean are found in a surprising number of food and nutritional products.

THE OCEAN IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY.

The ocean is an important source of jobs and a major source of income. It contributes 2.5% of global GDP and provides employment to 1.5% of the global workforce.

IT SUPPLIES US WITH MEDICINE:

Many medicines originate from the ocean, including ingredients that help fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

IT ALLOW US TO BREATHE

 The ocean supplies 70% of the world’s oxygen.

IT REGULATES OUR CLIMATE:

The ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.

IT IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CARBON SINKS:

Around 25% of all CO2 emissions are absorbed by the ocean, where they can be stored for millennia.

IT IS HOME TO MUCH OF THE LIFE ON OUR PLANET:

The ocean is the largest ecosystem, covering 71% of the Earth’s surface and containing 97% of its water. It also provides 99% of the planet’s living space by volume. With almost one million known species, the ocean has immense potential for scientific discovery, as 91% of its species are still unclassified.

THE OCEAN CONNECTS US.

The ocean is the main mode of transport for world trade. With c. 90% of traded goods carried over the waves, it connects cities and countries around the world, driving economic activity and trade.

IT FEEDS US:

The ocean is the number one source of protein for more than two billion people, making it a critical source of food. In addition to seafood, ingredients from the ocean are found in a surprising number of food and nutritional products.

THE OCEAN IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY.

The ocean is an important source of jobs and a major source of income. It contributes 2.5% of global GDP and provides employment to 1.5% of the global workforce.

IT SUPPLIES US WITH MEDICINE:

Many medicines originate from the ocean, including ingredients that help fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

IT ALLOW US TO BREATHE

 The ocean supplies 70% of the world’s oxygen.

IT REGULATES OUR CLIMATE:

The ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.

IT IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CARBON SINKS:

Around 25% of all CO2 emissions are absorbed by the ocean, where they can be stored for millennia.

IT IS HOME TO MUCH OF THE LIFE ON OUR PLANET:

The ocean is the largest ecosystem, covering 71% of the Earth’s surface and containing 97% of its water. It also provides 99% of the planet’s living space by volume. With almost one million known species, the ocean has immense potential for scientific discovery, as 91% of its species are still unclassified.

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Our role in this

But as powerful as the ocean is, we are now testing its limits and it finds itself at the edges of its resilience. The responsibility to restore the ocean back to health has fallen on all of us alive today.

 

We are indeed the first to truly understand the problem – and the last with a chance to do anything about it.  The encouraging news is the rapid growth in number of individuals and organisations that understand the urgency and are taking action.

 

At Ocean Born Foundation we are fully committed to this global effort and are directing all of our resources to this. 

 

Our purpose is clear: The ocean matters. 

“This is the decade in which change must happen.”

Cristina Mittermeier

OCEAN BORN PATRON

“Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a deity. More humble and I believe true to consider him created from animals.”

Charles Darwin

Naturalist, Geologist and Biologist
Dr. Luke Haverhals
“In one day, the process of photosynthesis creates more nutrient plant matter than all synthetics derived from fossil fuel production in one year. It is because of this scale that nature can be our collective solace.”

Dr. Luke Haverhals

Founder and CEO of NFW
Analytical Chemist & Materials Scientist
Art Buchwald
“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”

Art Buchwald

Pulitzer-winning newspaper humourist
Mary Robinson Quote, Climate Change
“Climate change is a man-made problem that requires a feminist solution”

Mary Robinson

Chair of The Elders
Former President of Ireland
First female Irish President
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
“As the largest ecosystem on the planet, not a single living creature exists outside of her all-encompassing grasp, even if some of us have never laid eyes on her shores. Since the very beginning of our story on Earth, the sea has filled our lungs with air, fed our hungry families, and stirred the deepest recesses of our imaginations. Yet we pollute her ecosystems and relentlessly take from her waters, not realizing we are robbing ourselves of the very force that sustains all life. Over half of the oxygen we breathe is created by the ocean and its creatures and at least one-quarter of all carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is sunk back into the sea. The ocean provides food for half a billion people on this planet and it moderates our climate. Without a living ocean, there simply cannot be life on Earth.”

Cristina Mittermeier

SeaLegacy Co-founder
Ocean Born Patron
“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.”

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Oceanographer and Explorer.
“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because […] we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea–whether it is to sail or to watch it- – we are going back from whence we came.”

John F. Kennedy

35th President of the United States
“There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish (this) pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Carl Sagan

Astronomer
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”.

The Lorax

Dr. Seuss
“We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it“.

Tanya Steel

CEO at WWF-UK
“We’re in business to save our home planet”

Patagonia

Mission Statement
“The greatest danger to our future is apathy”.

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE

Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute
UN Messenger of Peace
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others”.

Booker T. Washington

Educator
“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us”.

Sir David Attenborough

OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS
“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right”.

Nelson Mandela

Former President of the Republic of South Africa

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