A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall: Combating Ocean Plastic Pollution with Umbrellas

April 21, 2021

Creative solutions are required to tackle ocean plastics

They say April showers bring May flowers so grab your galoshes and join Jenna Valente and her guest Deirdre Horan on this episode of the Sea Change Podcast for a conversation about a springtime staple: umbrellas. Every day brings a new wave of plastic pollution entering the ocean and solving the crisis will take an all-hands-on-deck, comprehensive approach, including entrepreneurial innovation. During this conversation, the two discuss Diredre's efforts to upcycle ocean-bound plastic into umbrellas through her company called Dri.

Show Transcription
This transcription was generated by a computer. Please excuse any errors.
Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.