Twopresents‘ charity partner, Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based non-profit organisation, dedicated to advocating change in the way that we all use and dispose of plastic waste.
From organiing regular beach clean-ups to educating students in their Sea Classroom onboard The Little Blue Trawler, the goals of Plastic Free Seas are to educate and build engagement within different communities and to create programmes to define and understand the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
At Twopresents, it’s important to us that the children who use the platform to share their celebration with a charity, are able to understand just how meaningful their support is. Through visiting their chosen charity, children can ask questions about the organisation’s work as well as discover more about how the donations from Twopresents are put to use.
Isaac Batt decided to create a fund for his Christmas gift so that family and friends from around the world could help him to buy a much-longed for skateboard, as well as share some of his fund with Plastic Free Seas. Although only six years old, Isaac has been making changes with his family to reduce plastic use and waste both at home and while out and about in Hong Kong. He already understands how important it is to say no to plastic straws and disposable cutlery and has been sharing this message with his teachers and peers at school.
A recent visit to Plastic Free Seas enabled Isaac to really understand just what damage plastic waste does to our seas. The organisation’s founder, Tracey Reed, showed him samples of plastic bottles containing bite marks made by fish, as well as samples of micro beads from cosmetics that were found mixed in with grains of sand. These tiny plastic particles travel through our waste water into the sea and are then eaten by fish and marine life.
When a fish eats plastic, it becomes more buoyant and cannot swim down to deeper depths. For deep sea fish that consume plastic, this results in them being unable to swim back to their natural habitats and they fall prey to larger fish, which then end up with plastic in their stomachs. It’s these fish species which are eaten by humans, so the plastic waste moves into the food chain.
Through the support of children like Isaac who share their celebrations using Twopresents, Plastic Free Seas and other charities are able to continue their vital work. Every donation counts towards the organisation’s work as they attempt to clean up beaches, educate students and engage with communities.
At Twopresents, we are very proud of all the children that share as they celebrate. We also value the relationships with our charity partners who welcome the children to visit and find out more about how the donations are used, and learn more about the charity’s work. It is this approach to giving and sharing that will enable our children to develop strong core values of philanthropy and community as they grow older, and we are so excited to be part of that journey!