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Sea the Difference.
Be the Difference.

Join Seaman Paper in the fight against ocean plastics.

By supporting Vela – and becoming a part of our Sea The Difference community – you are contributing to ocean research and keeping our oceans safe and clean.

Find out more about the exciting steps we’re taking together.

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The science is clear. Plastics are a problem.

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Only 9%
of plastic is recycled globally, no matter how much you put in the bin.
Microplastics polluting our ocean
8 million metric tons
of plastics are added to the ocean each year.
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51 trillion microplastics
litter the ocean – that’s more stars than there are in the Milky Way.
our strategy

How we’re tackling the plastic problem.

Goodbye Plastic. Hello Paper.

It’s time to rethink packaging.

We don’t have to rely on plastic to ship clothing.

Utilization of the Vela line of paper-based transport bags remove single-use plastic poly bags from the global supply chain, while keeping them well protected during shipping.

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Made of Paper

Vela bags are made from 100% FSC™ Certified paper and are curbside recyclable.
Giving Back

We’re collaborating with leading organizations around the world to inspire environmental change.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Our partners at Mote are scientists, explorers, and stewards of the ocean. Focused on research and education, Mote works to create a better environment for ourselves and our children.

Learn more about Mote >

One Ocean Foundation

One Ocean inspires international leaders, institutions, companies, and people by promoting sustainable blue economy and enhancing ocean knowledge through ocean literacy.

Learn more about One Ocean Foundation >
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Sea the difference

Products marked with our Sea the Difference logo directly fund and support our give back programs.

Our Brand Partners

Brands around the world are making the switch to Vela.

We’re proud to partner with environmentally conscious companies who share our vision for a healthier planet and responsible consumer behavior.

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BE the difference

How can you get involved?

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For businesses

Make the switch to Vela.

Every Vela bag directly contributes to keeping single-use poly bags out of our oceans. Vela bags are curbside recyclable, durable enough to withstand the global supply chain, and transparent enough for manual barcode scanning.

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For businesses

Use our “Sea the Difference” Badge on your custom Vela™ bags.

Show your participation within our “Sea the Difference” community by adding our badge to your custom printed Vela™ bags.

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For businesses

Become a named partner.

Join our growing list of brands who are showcasing their use and support of Vela™.

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For Individuals

Support our partners.

Join the fight against plastic by supporting our partners Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and One Ocean Foundation.

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