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Witnessing the Effects of Plastic Pollution at the Sea Turtle Hospital

A group of Atlantic employees took an educational field trip to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, North Carolina. The visit strengthened the dedication we have to our mission. We must come together to end plastic pollution.

Single-use plastic packaging harms wildlife and is bad for the planet. At Atlantic, we take interest in learning about how pollution impacts marine life. This is one of the best ways to discover how the existing supply chain is causing harm to the environment.

Atlantic is the most technical resource in sustainable packaging and a protector of its namesake, the Atlantic Ocean. Our A New Earth Project initiative aims to create packaging that is 100% curbside recyclable, made from renewable resources, and not harmful to wildlife or ecosystems.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit that aims to protect sea turtles. They do this through the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured turtles. The organization also offers public education and learning opportunities for people interested in turtles, ancient creatures that face the threat of extinction.

We spent the day learning from turtle experts and observing the impacts of plastic pollution on turtles. Reading and hearing about the effects of plastic pollution on sea creatures is disheartening for anyone. Seeing turtles injured by plastic litter firsthand will turn you into an advocate for change.

At the turtle medical facility we saw real evidence of why we are so driven to do what we do. The lessons we learned at the Karen Beasley Center will resonate with us for the rest of our lives.

On the ride back to the office from the turtle center we took time to reflect on our experiences and learnings. This adventure makes us want to work even harder to end plastic pollution. Seeing is believing. We give our thanks to the passionate staff and volunteers at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

We will rid the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers of plastic pollution.

We do this now. We do this together.