Starting in 1992, World Ocean Day has continued as an annual celebration of what covers more than 70% of the earth for nearly 20 years. For 2020, the theme is focussing on what our world leaders can do, and asking them to try to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. By safeguarding 30% of our oceans, those protected areas can naturally redevelop and reform, which makes for an efficient and critical way of rebuilding our oceans to their former glory.

To highlight this important day, Because have looked to the brands within the fashion and beauty realms that are diving in with sustainable strides to help our seas. 

It's in the name – we only have one ocean, and this beauty brand, founded by Marcella Cacci, is ensuring that we still have it in the years to come. Founded on June 8th – aka. World Ocean Day – in 2018, One Ocean Beauty has a selection of products not only harnesses the powers of our oceans in the most sustainable way, but also gives back through their partnership with conservation organisation, Oceana. With every product brought, a donation is made to the non-profit, who are continually working with governments to protect and restore our beloved oceans.

We asked Marcella to share with us more about her beauty brand, why the ocean's are a continual source of inspiration for her, and why they should be for you too. 

How did One Ocean Beauty start?
There were a number of different influences that came together and that were the impetus behind the brand. Firstly, I was starting to become more aware of the importance of making clean and sustainable choices and began making changes in my life choices. Secondly, we identified that there was a gap in the market for clean skincare products that were also clinically-proven to be effective. Thirdly, we were also understanding more deeply the damage that has been done to the oceans over the last 100 years and wanted to create a company that would be ocean-centric and give back to help protect and restore our oceans. So, we partnered with Oceana, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to the oceans

Why did you want to focus your beauty brand around oceans?
I grew up by the ocean and it has always brought balance and happiness into my life. Growing up where and how I did, helped me form a real connection with nature, especially the oceans. I have become increasingly aware of the plight of the oceans and wanted to help make change. Marine ingredients have long been the gold standard in skincare and we felt that we could create a modern, marine-based skincare and wellness brand using cutting edge sustainable Blue Biotechnology. 

How important is it to be aware of the damage we're causing to our oceans? 
It’s incredibly important to be aware and do whatever we can as individuals and companies to reverse that damage. The oceans are responsible for generating 50% of the oxygen that we breathe (every second breath). Without healthy oceans, life on earth is in jeopardy. Sustainability is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

How damaging is the Beauty industry towards that?
Right from the start, we wanted to make One Ocean Beauty as sustainable as possible, both in our production and our packaging. Our production uses Blue Biotechnology which means that we are able to grow most of our marine active ingredients from a single cell in the lab. This avoids damaging the ocean environment and its biodiversity. Our inner and outer packaging is also recyclable. Most beauty companies produce in a different manner and do not use recyclable packaging, which creates waste which may go into landfill or end up as ocean pollution.

In terms of beauty, what can consumers actively change about their buying habits/product choices that would benefit our oceans?
Sometimes it seems overwhelming, but small changes made by many individuals can make a difference. We would suggest that customers take the time to do research and try to choose products and companies that are sustainable, ones that have recyclable packaging, take-back or refill programmes and brands that are cause-driven, giving back to society and the environment.

What is it about the oceans that inspire you?
We called our brand One Ocean Beauty as we are all connected by the oceans, we all share the same body of water. The oceans are an endless source of inspiration and we learned doing our research that they have a universal appeal across all cultures on many levels. The oceans are completely immersive and appeal to all of the senses – sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

Shop the brand below:

More More More!

+ She Sells Sea Shells...

+ Seaweed Skincare: From slime to sublime – how to sort your skincare woes...

+ Surprise Me!