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The Mission to Save Our Oceans By Next Year

how one dive company is convincing others to dump plastic

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Sometimes it seems as if our appeal to the diving industry to stop using single-use plastic packaging has mostly fallen on deaf ears. Even though we've written multiple articles recently about the environmental destruction plastic causes, and we also wrote to all the major manufacturers last year about their intentions regarding single-use plastic, only Scubapro replied to us -- and even then, its main switch has been substituting plastic card mounts with products fixed by endless numbers of plastic ties.

But we have found one dive gear manufacturer that stands out for the success it has achieved in enlisting bigger names in the industry -- and making them promise to dramatically reduce their use of plastic by next year.

Mission 2020 is a collection of pledges from organizations in the dive community to change their business practices around the use of plastics to help protect and preserve our oceans for the future. With a primary focus on the elimination of single-use plastic, the Mission 2020 project sets ambitious short-term targets of changes to be made before World Oceans Day on June 8, 2020....


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