Our planet is 2/3 blue. The "Sea" is in SeaVees because we’re committed to protecting it. Since 2020, every pair of shoes sold from our SeaChange collection gives back $1 to our partner SeaTrees, a non-profit that works to restore coastal ecosystems and ocean health globally.
The ocean has the power to reverse climate change.
In the last decade, these ecosystems
have been in a state of crisis. According to our partners at SeaTrees, more than 90% of kelp forests along our California coast have disappeared in the last 10 years. Kelp forests provide healthy habitats for over 700 species of marine life and sequester carbon at a rate 2 times more carbon per acre than land forests. (Hurlimann and Zucker, 2019)
The notorious purple sea urchin, a tiny palm-sized creature with an insatiable appetite for kelp has proliferated after its predators (like some species of fish and lobsters) have disappeared because of human impacts.
Our partners at SeaTrees send divers out to identify purple urchin barrens and clear these areas so kelp can regrow. This allows urchin predators to have a chance to move back in and keep the population under control. After 5 years, the site is considered restored if the kelp forest is healthy and urchins are in balance and when that happens, kelp forests can work their magic as the sequoias of the sea and do their part to help solve the climate crisis.
How Does Kelp Sequester Carbon?
1. Kelp draws down carbon dioxide via photosynthesis — storing it in the structure of the kelp itself.
2. Plant debris floats out to sea as the kelp grows then sinks to the ocean floor.
3. Carbon is sequestered in the deep sea.
4. Dissolved carbon travels to the deep sea.