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Malte Niebelschuetz, Founder – Shore Buddies
July 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Shore Buddies are the world’s first stuffed animals made from recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are collected and sorted by recyclable collectors. At their factory, those bottles get cleaned and shredded into plastic flakes. Some of these flakes are used for the Shore Buddies’ stuffing, others get melted and turned into polyester yarn for the soft outside.
The Shore Buddies mission is to save marine life and keep plastics out of the oceans. $1 from every product sale is donated to non-profits that share their vision. Proceeds fund educational outreach campaigns to educate children about the dangers of Ocean Plastic Pollution, to save marine life and keep plastics out of the ocean. They thrive to make sustainability a second language from Day 1.
From San Diego to the world; Shore Buddies are sold in 10 countries, across 3 continents and has kept over 1,000,000 bottles from entering the environment.
Shore Buddies founder, Malte Niebelschuetz, will be joining us to tell us how he founded this company (which was by accident!), why these are more than just your typical stuffed animals and what impact they are trying to make on our plastic footprint.
Shore Buddies has been featured on Forbes and Kickstarter and was a 2021 Toy of the Year finalist.
You can visit their website here https://shore-buddies.com/