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2,000 School-aged Children Received An Early, Ocean-Friendly Holiday Surprise

2,000 School-aged Children Received An Early, Ocean-Friendly Holiday Surprise from Shore Buddies

Shore Buddies and San Diego Unified School District Lunch giving

Elementary children enrolled in the San Diego Unified School District’s food distribution program received an early Christmas gift on December 23rd, courtesy of  Shore Buddies and San Diego Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization committed to protecting and restoring San Diego’s rivers, streams and coastline and wildlife that depend on clean water. This donation is also part of a greater social initiative for Shore Buddies, whose mission is to save marine life by actively keeping plastic out of the ocean as well as educate children about the dangers of single use plastic for the environment.



“We are thrilled to team up with the San Diego Coastkeeper to make this donation to the children of the community and support the San Diego Unified School District’s food distribution program,” says entrepreneur and environmentalist Malte Niebelschuetz, CEO of Shore Buddies. “Our children have been faced with so many incredible challenges this year and we hope that this donation will bring a sense of joy as they enter the holiday break.”

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Shore Buddies, best known for its plush line made from recycled water bottles and a Toy of the Year (TOTY) finalist, gave each child a Shore Buddies keychain (made from 2x recycled plastic bottles), a copy of "Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean" Mini Book and a link to the Shore Buddies plastic footprint calculator as well as other educational resources for elementary teacher and students found on www.shore-buddies.com and www.sdcoastkeeper.org


More importantly, Shore Buddies and San Diego Coastkeeper are providing classroom curriculum regarding the importance of recycling to the district, which will be presented via zoom in January. Niebelschuetz adds, “Early childhood education about the dangers of single use plastic for the environment is key. Shore Buddies goal is to make sustainability a second language from day one. With this knowledge, children will grow up more in touch with the environment and make better, more sustainable decisions as adults. They will also be more empowered to take action and stand up for what matters to them.”

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