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Shore Buddies

In this week’s blog post, we wanted to detail one of our new partners, Shore Buddies! Shore Buddies makes their stuffed animals out of recycled plastic bottles and are making a difference by donating $1 from every purchase to ocean-minded, non-profit organizations.

Casey Carroll
12 Mar

Did you know that one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans?

This a serious and relevant issue, which is why we’re excited to announce our partnership with a company trying to keep this plastic out of the ocean.

In this week’s blog post, we wanted to detail one of our new partners, Shore Buddies! Shore Buddies makes their stuffed animals out of recycled plastic bottles and are making a difference by donating $1 from every purchase to ocean-minded, non-profit organizations. In addition, they support other causes and organizations that are in line with their mission statement, so we are thrilled to be working with them!

Shore Buddies started as a simple idea. Malte Niebelschuetz, the founder of Shore Buddies, said that he was inspired by the outdoor brand Patagonia. He liked the idea of turning recycled plastic into fabric and thought about other products besides clothing from recycled plastic bottles. Creating stuffed animals came up when he decided he wanted to teach kids about the dangers of single-use plastic for our oceans, which leads to their mission: to make sustainability a second language through play, and educate and empower future generations to make our oceans plastic free again. 

Including authentic animal sounds when pressed, Shore Buddies are the world's first stuffed animal that is made 100% from recycled plastic bottles. It takes six plastic bottles to make one Shore Buddy.  These bottles are collected and sent to factories and are then shredded into plastic pellets. These pellets are melted and turned into yarn which is then used to make Shore Buddies!

After they’re made, Shore Buddies give back to ocean conservancy charities from every product purchase and focuses on early childhood education around sustainability. So far, they have kept over 500,000 bottles out of the ocean and touched more than 200,000 lives and are hoping to do more!

The Shore Buddies team all around the globe is constantly working on new ideas, including ideas for new characters to their stuffed animal line as well as developing content for their educational outreach programs.

From San Diego to the World, what started out as a novel idea in 2014 is now an award-winning toy and sold in 5 countries on 3 continents. Learn more about their Shore Buddies and their single-use plastic alternatives on their website: https://shore-buddies.com/

Casey Carroll
12 Mar

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