Oceano Reddentes is a registered non-profit charity and brainchild Jade Bothma who started the organization when she was 12 years old.
Oceano Reddentes expresses its mission as “Saving the sea one piece of plastic at a time”
With a strong vision to save the ocean and build homes for those in need.
In her own words:
It all started when I was watching my favourite documentary called Chasing Coral.
I really wanted to help the coral reefs being bleached but there are not many coral reefs where I live in South Africa.
I wondered how someone as young as me could make a difference. Surfing and the ocean are my passion and I have always wanted to help people.
Beach clean ups are done but what happens to the plastic collected? Where does it end up? Our landfill in Cape Town is right by the beach. Lots of the plastic sent there is eaten by sea birds and ends up blowing back into the sea.
I came up with an idea to make eco bricks for five minutes every time I go to the beach or go surfing and encouraging surf programs and people visiting the beach and at home to do the same.
When we have enough bricks we will build a house and community building for someone in need out of eco bricks. Hopefully many houses and community structures in the future.
I feel the need to educate my generation to help protect the ocean from plastic pollution and save the planet from the climate change crisis it is facing.
Become a plastic warrior and start making eco bricks no matter where in the world you are. Come and join us at our beach cleanups to learn how to recycle and learn about science and the ocean. If you have made eco bricks we would love to see photos.
— Jade Bothma