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Empowering action against plastic pollution

The 5 Gyres Institute focuses on reducing plastic pollution in our oceans through research. Programs concentrate on science, education and adventure, including organized research expeditions for citizen-scientists. Traveling the world’s oceans in search of plastic pollution, 5 Gyres was amongst the first organizations to formally research plastic in the world’s oceans. Informing the world about the threat about degrading plastics and their impact on both marine and human life.

A gyre is a large-scale system of wind-driven surface currents in the ocean. Their name derives from the five main subtropical gyres — located in the North and South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean — which are massive, circular current systems. The accumulation of plastic that form in these five gyres are a result changing winds and currents that trap plastic and other discarded waste floating around our oceans.

The 5 Gyres Institute is heroically leading the movement to protect our oceans, while defining a path toward a more sustainable future based on zero-waste culture and circular economies. Over 1,400 volunteer Ambassadors from around the world represent 5 Gyres in this effort. Together, we can all change the way the world uses and discards plastic.

Brands that Support Oceans

Sperry Authentic Original BIONIC Boat Shoe delivers a classic in bold, new sustainable style. The graphic pattern takes inspiration from spinnaker sails and summer colors. Featuring a 360° Lacing System for a customized fit and Ortholite cushioning for all-day comfort. With an upper made using BIONIC material, woven from an […]

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirts offer versatile performance and comfort for any activity level. Made from quick-drying, moisture-wicking stretch fabric with a light, soft feel. With built-in odor control and 50+ UPF sun protection. And produced using anywhere from 50-100% recycled polyester fabric that is bluesign approved and Fair Trade […]

United By Blue Steel Tumbler Pack supports your efforts to refuse single use plastic. These reusable, travel-friendly steel tumblers come in a colorful set of four. Made with kitchen-grade stainless steel that will endure years of picnics and campouts. Raise your sustainable cup to a plastic-free future! Every single day […]

Adidas UltraBOOST 20 Primeblue Shoes offer high-performance support in sustainable style. The stretchy knit upper features Parley Ocean Plastic yarn made from upcycled marine plastic waste. Stitched-in reinforcement hugs the foot for a sock-like fit. And responsive cushioning returns eco-friendly energy, with every footstrike. Partnering with Parley on a shared […]

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Face Sunscreen is your daily protection against damaging effects of the sun. A silicone-free, mineral SPF made with 22% non-nano zinc oxide for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. With rice starch to keep your face shine-free, and passionfruit seed extract for a boost of antioxidants […]

The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental non-profit working to protect the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Leveraging a passionate network of volunteers and community chapters, Surfrider is able to provide rapid response to issues threatening our planet’s most precious resource. Grassroots efforts include matters related to water quality, beach access […]