We all spend too much of our lives searching for information, facts and figures on Google, but now you can help protect the oceans by using a search engine that funds campaigns to get plastic out of our seas. .
Users of the OceanHero search engine have helped collect 21 million ocean-related plastic bottles from the comfort of their homes and offices.
“When you consider that 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters our oceans each year, you realize that each of us has a responsibility to stem the tide,” said OceanHero founder Marvin Burman. “If humans don’t make major changes by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.”
How OceanHero Works
Internet users add the OceanHero search engine to their browsers. When they search, open a new browser tab, or answer ocean-themed questions, OceanHero pays partners to recover ocean-bound plastic.
OceanHero works with organizations that have created a global infrastructure of plastic collection centers, built recycling micro-factories, found innovative ways to reuse plastic, and provide pollution education. Funds come from discreet ads displayed in the browser and search results, similar to what you see in any search engine. OceanHero does not track user search history and does not sell any personal information to third parties.
Turning plastic waste into bricks
OceanHero is working with Trash Waste Solutions to recover ocean plastic and turn it into bricks in Manado, Indonesia, an area that has suffered greatly from the plastic spill. Burman noted, “Many communities have limited waste management systems. Recycling centers are often only available in large cities. That’s why we launched this pilot project in Indonesia. We create recycling micro-factories that turn plastic waste into building blocks. So instead of destroying communities with plastic, he can rebuild them. ”
Additional global partnerships for ocean protection
OceanHero is also a partner of Plastic Bank, which has 32 branches in Haiti and the Philippines. Plastic Bank offers families plastic collection jobs in underdeveloped communities, then recycles plastic waste into reusable products.
The search engine also supports Waste Free Oceans, an organization that improves recycling infrastructure around the world. Burman noted, “This work will help more than 700 species that are affected by entanglement and ingestion of plastic. “
A beautiful and educational experience
When you add the OceanHero search engine to your browser, you can select Ocean Mode to see stunning Oceanscape home page backgrounds with every new tab you open. You will also enjoy the fun interactive elements. Burman said, “When people use our browser extension, we continually engage them with messages and questions that highlight the importance of the marine ecosystem and what we can do about ocean pollution. “
There’s also a gamified element – collecting digital seashells. They provide a concrete way for you to see how many ocean-related plastic bottles you have helped collect. Users earn seashells when they open new tabs, search, or answer questions about the ocean. For every hundred seashells collected, OceanHero can collect a plastic bottle. “By creating fun ways to involve people in the process, we can reduce the 10 million metric tons of plastic waste that enters the oceans each year. Every little bit counts, ”said Burman.
OceanHero is a search engine that helps you save the oceans from plastic pollution with every click. Social enterprise partners with and funds nonprofit organizations to recover ocean-bound plastic, create recycling infrastructure, and provide pollution education. Learn more at oceanhero.today.