Sand Cloud announced a partnership with 10-year-old recycling ambassador Ryan Hickman of Ryan’s Recycling for a children’s t-shirt line made out of 100 percent recycled materials. Every shirt is made from eight plastic water bottles, and 10 percent of proceeds from each shirt is donated directly to grassroots marine conservation organizations.
As part of this partnership, Ryan recently participated in a Sand Cloud beach clean-up where he handed out his new “Make the Sea Trash Free” shirts to the children at the event. At this cleanup, approximately 75 pounds of trash was collected. To date, Ryan has recycled more than half a million cans and bottles with the help of his family members and has donated $9,000 to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
Sand Cloud is a social conscious lifestyle brand that offers a multitude of products like turkish towels, clothing, eco-friendly accessories. The company donates 10 percent of profits to non-profit organizations that share its same mission of preserving beaches, oceans, and marine life. Sand Cloud has built a community of over 250,000 brand ambassadors, which is how the partnership with Ryan came to fruition. Sand Cloud named Ryan as “Ambassador of the Year” for his inspiring conservation efforts. According to Sand Cloud co-founder Brandon Leibel, the company is proud to work with such a passionate young environmentalist.
“We’re so excited to work with Ryan,” Leibel said. “We knew right away that he was the perfect fit for our children’s t-shirt line because he embodies our mission that anyone can #SaveTheFishies. We’re excited to bring Sand Cloud products to a whole host of young conservationists like Ryan.”
Ryan is an award-winning recycler, as seen on the Ellen show, CNN, National Geographic Kids, the Huffington Post, and Good Morning America, to name a few. Ryan started recycling at the age of three after his dad took him to the local recycling center, and his passion for conservation grew from there. When asked how others can help fight plastic pollution, Ryan says it’s simple:
“It’s easy to do. All you have to do is care about the planet and if everyone does a little bit each day, it makes a big difference for our planet. I’m only 10 years old. If I can help clean up the planet, everyone can, too.”