It was a warm day in the spring of 2014 on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Eleuthera is a long, thin island less than a mile wide in most points and over a hundred miles long. A tropical a gem of an island with palm trees, blue holes, hidden caves, crystal clear turquoise water and pink sand beaches.
The locals are very welcoming and friendly. The sun shone down brightly on the beach as the Rob & Brittany Webster walked hand in hand down the shore collecting plastic debris. The husband and wife duo were in the Bahamas directing an educational marine science adventure program with some students from the United States.
During their trips to the Bahamas, they would encourage the students to participate in a beach cleanup. During this particular cleanup they were discussing with the students about the various negative effects that each type of trash that was collected has on the environment. The unanimous conclusion was that the most deadly form of marine debris are fishing nets. While walking on the beach and witnessing all of the debris was up, Rob & Brittany Webster knew that they had to take action...
They had to practice what they preached and think globally and act locally. There was so much debris that they realized that they needed to help. And in order to do that they needed people to know what the problem was.
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 brunt of the plastic, due to the currents of the Atlantic Ocean & gulf stream.
The debris is comprised of everything that was ever thrown away, primarily plastics. 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 plastic debris continues to accumulate.
Rob & Brittany Webster began organizing and participating in annual beach cleanups in the Bahamas. 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.