Three Bears Tea, SPC donates 20% of our net profits to a different charity every quarter. Customers can also make additional donations at checkout.
Last quarter – our second quarter in business – we raised $473 for One Tree Planted. Added to the $435.90 we donated to Mountains to Sound Greenway after our first quarter, we've raised $908.90 for environmental charities. Thank you to all our customers for your continued support!
This quarter's beneficiary
This quarter's beneficiary is the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project (PMDP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to protect the wildlife and habitats of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) – the Northwestern Hawai'ian Islands – by removing marine debris. More than 177,000 pounds (80,318 kilograms) in the past year alone!
This quarter's donation – the 20% of our net profits and any donations our customers add at checkout from May through July – help support their next cleanup effort this fall, an ambitious 43-day cleanup expedition that will remove an additional estimated 165,000 pounds of derelict fishing nets from six islands and atolls. By freediving (i.e., holding their breath, no tanks!), their divers will cut away and remove derelict fishing nets that threaten to entangle and drown wildlife, also protecting the foundational coral from being ruined by the nets.
A Critically Important Marine Wildlife Refuge...
The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) is a fragile but incredibly important ecosystem, serving as a home and refuge in the middle of the great Pacific Ocean for 7,000+ species, including threatened green sea turtles, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, false killer whales and 14 million individual seabirds representing 22 species.
It also has great cultural and archaeological significance: 140 ancient Hawai'ian sites are found there, showing Papahānaumokuākea’s importance to the native Hawai'ian religion, history and culture.
...In the Middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The once pristine shorelines of the PMNM are now littered with plastic garbage, old fishing nets, and other trash and debris. From new mylar bags to decades old plastic bottles, the trash can be found everywhere in the marine environment, from the bottom of the reefs, washed up along the sandy beaches, and blown up onto the land. Nearly every form of life is negatively affected, on sea, on land, or in the air. The results can be deadly: missions to clean up the area routinely find hundreds of dead birds and marine animals killed from eating trash or becoming tangled in the debris.
To discover more about their mission and work, visit their website.