Water

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ABOUT THIS STATE


With 8 million pieces of plastic pollution finding its way into our oceans on a daily basis, and our plastic output set to double by 2034, marine life is under a very imminent threat and we have a responsibility to act immediately. 


Recent studies have shown that, each year, plastic pollution is responsible for the death of 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds. Due to only 9% of plastic being recycled – the rest incinerated, sent to landfill, or dumped in the ocean – our plastic habit is destroying marine life, and affecting the continuation of other species. 


Stunning coral reefs are slowly deteriorating, and we have a very small window within which to act. These desperate times have been the driving force behind our Water Cause, which is explained in full below. 

1,609 POUNDS 
HAVE BEEN COLLECTED SO FAR

We want your FourState Points to be used for good, to continue your positive impact on the planet and the people living on it. For every 20 points donated, we will ensure that a pound of plastic is retrieved from our oceans to be disposed of in a more efficient manner. 


Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic polluting our oceans, up to 46% is made up ghost fishing nets from the seafood industry. We want to help tackle this head on by focusing on the removal of these harmful nets. Lost fishing gear continues to catch marine life, as it is designed to do. Animals are needlessly killed by this Ghost Gear which, unless removed from the sea, continues in a vicious circle of catching animals which in turn act as bait for larger animals and so on.


Our partner, Ghost Fishing UK is dedicated to removing Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG) or ‘Ghost Gear’ around the UK. The organisation consists of volunteer scuba divers, with extensive training in advanced diving practices specifically in relation to minimising impact on the environment.