Here’s a startling projection: by the year 2050, if things don’t change, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish. That’s why American Express and Parley for the Oceans are joining up with the Back our Oceans campaign. With eight million tons of plastic entering our oceans each year, and over 700 species of marine animals either eating or becoming entangled in plastic, our oceans are in dire need of help.
“Every second breath we take is created by the oceans. Without them, we can’t exist,” says Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans. “American Express is creating a symbol of change and inviting their network to shape a blue future, one based on creativity, collaboration and eco-innovation.” Part o that involvement is the creation of American Express’ first ocean plastic card, which will be made of upcycled marine plastic debris. American Express will also adopt practices that are founded on Parley’s AIR (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) philosophy by limiting their use of single-use plastics, intercepting plastic waste, and redesigning existing materials and plastic products. “Our oceans play a vital role in our lives, the health of our planet and the health of travel and tourism, which American Express has long supported,” stated American Express’ Group President of Global Consumer Services, Doug Buckminster. “It’s important that we raise awareness and do our part to keep our oceans blue. Partnering with Parley is the right next step as we pursue our larger vision of backing our communities and sustaining the planet we share.”
When you visit American Express’ website, not only can you learn more about this partnership and the movement, you’ll also find ways that you can participate. You can sign up to take the Parley AIR Pledge, join a cleanup effort, donate to Parley’s Foundation, or use your membership rewards points to purchase products that help reduce the amount of plastic waste in your daily life. The oceans are far too important for us to not follow the example set by American Express.