Planet Love Life's Origin
Planet Love Life was founded in 2014 by Rob & Brittany Webster. The husband and wife team were directors of an outdoor educational program located in the Bahamas that hosted students from the United States. One of the educational segments involved a micro cleanup along with a classroom discussion of the various negative effects that each item that was collected has on the environment. One conclusion was that the most deadly form of marine debris is abandoned, lost, & derelict fishing gear. The concept of a "marine debris awareness" bracelet was inspired by the students & educators discussion.
The amount of trash on the pink sand beaches in the Bahamas is overwhelming. Every beach has debris on it, some more than others. The Atlantic side of the islands usually harbor the most pollution, due to the currents of the Atlantic Ocean & gulf stream. The debris is comprised of everything that was ever thrown away... primarily plastics due to the long decomposition time. The toxic mix of items include plastic bottles, flip flops, shampoo containers, "disposable" lighters, buoys, fishing nets, rope, countless pieces of micro plastics, and so much more. In the United States there are many organizations and individuals who regularly participate in cleanups and have access to recycling programs. On the remote islands of the Bahamas, there are no trash pick up services and very little recycling options. Most locals dispose of their garbage by burning it. And so, the debris accumulates...
The sad fact of the matter is that there are huge amounts of marine debris that are floating and circulating in ALL of the Earth's oceans. The objects that wash ashore are only the tip of the iceberg. Rob & Brittany Webster began organizing and participating in annual beach cleanups in the Bahamas. They realized quickly that cleaning the beaches by themselves was like bailing water from a sinking ship with a thimble. They began recruiting friends & local volunteers to help remove the debris. Over time they have partnered with a local organization in the Bahamas, the Bahamas Plastic Movement, and their leader Krystal Ambrose who is leading the way through marine debris education and active involvement in cleanup projects.
Where there is a problem, there are always solutions! With a great product in mind, soon followed the idea to promote marine debris awareness by creating a brand & a symbol to represent love and respect for the planet and the life within it. Planet Love Life is more than a brand, its a way of life. Our mission is to continue to provide education of marine debris, promote sustainable living, and to help preserve our planet's natural environments through the love and respect for life.