In January 2021, the group that would kick off A New Earth Project gathered in Oahu, Hawaii to discuss their mission and to articulate their concerns for the health of our oceans as a result of ocean plastics. They also laid the groundwork for a plan that will create the change needed to save our oceans from plastic pollution.
Hearing well-known surfers share their first-hand accounts of the rise in ocean pollution was the catalyst for this strategic collaboration between surfers, outdoor enthusiasts, their favorite brands, and the global packaging supply chain.
A New Earth Project started as a conversation between surfers on the North Shore of Oahu and has grown into a robust movement to raise awareness of the scale of plastic pollution in waterways. The initiative brings together the voices of ocean and water advocacy groups with organizations in the supply chain equipped to bring solutions to the table to remediate the problems that exist today. With a team built by founder Wes Carter, president of Atlantic Packaging, one of the largest privately held packaging companies in North America, the initiative is supported by veterans from the surf, outdoor, film, and packaging industries.
Hearing well-known surfers share their personal stories of how they've observed the rise in plastic pollution in the oceans was a big moment for founder, Wes Carter. He realized that a lot of the plastic waste being discussed was coming from packaging, a supply chain that he is a part of. As an avid surfer himself, Carter realized that his company has a seat at the table with the largest consumer product companies in the world, and that he was in a unique position of having both the ability and what he believed is the responsibility to drive much broader change.
As the president of Atlantic Packaging, Wes realized that the packaging supply chain had a blind spot when it came to acknowledging the problematic components of the products they were selling. He realized that what we needed was an awakening to the fact that the packaging supply chain is a part of the problem.
Our vision is to inspire and educate the global supply chain on state-of-the-art sustainability, to make the necessary investments, and to put a healthy planet at the core of our values as companies, brands and people. It's about all of us. It has to be. A New Earth Project is bringing together the voices of ocean and water advocacy and the organizations in the supply chain that can solve these problems.