Mike is the beach cleanup coordinator for the Surfrider foundation jersey shore chapter. That's where his idea ultimately stemmed from to fight ocean pollution one bottle at a time. During a beach cleanup he brought a handful of bottles home and spent a few weeks creating new products. First product he settled on was the night-light. That's been the most popular. Each product is made with a recovered bottle. The wooden base for each product is made from recycled construction waste.
Proceeds from the sales go to the Surfrider foundation so they can use the money for beach cleanup supplies, snacks for their volunteers, ocean conservation education and other things. Each household item spreads awareness about ocean conservation and the pollution and problem. Conversation pieces that are also symbolic and useful. One person seeing the night light in another's home can automatically spark conversation about ocean conservation and keeping our beaches clean.
"I do beach sweeps myself every weekend. No targeted beaches. Wherever I'm feeling that day. Whatever I bottles I pick up, I take home, clean, and try to create new products. I do work for a recycling facility as well, so whatever I can't use, I can see that it's recycled correctly. I could on for hours about he importance of ocean conservation. My solution is small, but effective!"
"As an active environmental enthusiast, the ocean is something I hold dear. In an effort to contribute to coastal preservation, my mission is to walk the beaches of New Jersey, hand-pick bottles from the shoreline and create unique products with them. Every bottle recovered is one less threat to the ocean and all it's inhabitants. All proceeds will be donated directly to coastal cleanup and ocean preservation education. Together, we can preserve the blue."