Who we are?
Restoring Integrity to the Oceans, Inc. (RIO) was created to address the significant challenges of plastic waste that plague the oceans and waterways around the US and worldwide. RIO’s primary mission is to mitigate the amount of plastic that is going into the oceans and work to greatly reduce the plastic waste that is already collected in the World’s oceans.
RIO has a vision for more than cleaning the World’s oceans; By partnering with people all over the world, we clean the world’s waters while stimulating local economy, revitalize crucial industries, providing valuable jobs, improving waste management, and stimulating applicable education. RIO works with dedicated equipment and local communities in the rivers, the oceans and on land.
RIO also has a line of sustainable products made from bamboo. For every product sold, RIO removes significant amounts of plastic from the ocean; thus, the products fuel our collection efforts. RIO products are also part of the solution to the pollution crisis as they replace single-use plastics and increasingly overtaxed paper products. RIO’s line of bamboo paper products keeps plastic out of the ocean without jeopardizing other natural resources like our forests.
What we do
RIO has launched a collection effort that will reduce and ultimately eliminate major plastic waste in the oceans.
RIO has developed methods to capture the plastic waste (at and below the surface) that is being deposited into rivers before it is dumped in the oceans.
RIO’s education program helps communities all over the world understand the problem with plastic waste in our marine environment as well as how their everyday activities contribute to the growing epidemic.
RIO has multiple strategies to recycle all recovered materials (not just select plastics) that are collected from the oceans and use the material in positive ways that will stimulate local economies and prevent reintroduction directly into the waste stream (what many call circular economies).
RIO is developing resources to have on-call that rapidly deploy following a natural disaster using similar recovery processes to collect much of the released material before it is disseminated into our oceans.”
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For each RIO product purchased, we commit to collecting a specific amount of plastic in order to protect our Oceans. For example, for each package of bamboo straws purchased, we collect 1 pound of plastic. And for each 50-roll package of bath tissue, we collect 12.5 pounds of plastic!
RIO is dedicated to making the Oceans safe for all life above and below the water for generations to come.
Restoring Integrity to the Oceans (RIO) primary objective is to mitigate the amount of plastic that is going into the World’s oceans and work to significantly reduce the plastic waste in the major waste collection areas in the World’s oceans.
That's why we decided to produce our own 100% natural alternatives to paper and plastic products. Every item we sell takes the place of an otherwise wasteful product, and funds our ocean cleanup events across the globe.
Together We Recycle
Ocean Plastic Pollution Crisis.
RIO’s Solution: Aggressively collect plastic from our oceans, waterways and beaches.
The shift from plastic to paper products will cause a deforestation crisis.
RIO’s Solution: Sustainable products made from bamboo.
Plastic is not realistically 100% avoidable.
RIO’s Solution: Education on how to be responsible with the necessary plastic.
Not all plastic is easily recyclable.
RIO’s Solution: Replace single-use plastics with reusable products that are made from sustainable resources like bamboo.
Unintended plastic and hazardous waste in the ocean due to natural disasters.
RIO’s Solution: Our Natural Disaster Response Team will be able to respond to affected areas and support response and recovery efforts.
90% of plastic in the ocean come from just 10 rivers.
RIO’s Solution: River Collection Devices that prevent plastic from entering our oceans.
“Instead of panic-buying whatever I can grab off the grocery shelves, it really does make me feel better supporting a natural product, healthier for myself and for the planet, from a company committed to goals and practices that reach far beyond the bottom line. And it's no sacrifice when the product itself is even nicer than the conventional options, turning a one-time use into a long-term gain for everyone.
Byon Oct 27, 2019
Bamboo toilet paper is so much more environmentally friendly than the one's made from trees. We can't breath without trees! I have tried other bamboo toilet paper, and this one is far superior. Bamboo toilet paper is new to the market, and it seems they are making them better and better.
Byon Oct 20, 2019
Okay so this is very cool toilet paper. It's stronger than regular toilet paper and very durable. Will not clog toilet sewer and septic safe which is awesome. I love the fact that it is brown in color I think that's Uber cool 😎.
Byon Nov 10, 2019
I love it because it is bamboo from a grass family so not cutting trees, it’s surprisingly soft and surprisingly better than other bath tissues. It’s environmental friendly and best of all its septic safe so doesn’t clog your toilet. I can’t wait to try the other products
Byon Feb 15, 2020
I must say that I am very impressed with this set. All the pieces are great quality and sturdy. You can use the knife to cut up your food but won’t have to worry about cutting yourself with it. My favorite item is the straw.
Byon Oct 24, 2019
I absolutely love this set of utensils I carry it everywhere with me especially at work. Each piece is beautifully crafted best bonus is it had its own carrying case.
Byon Oct 26, 2020
It feels so good to use a straw that is environmentally friendly and works great! These straws are come in a variety of sized with a little cleaning brush. They are easy to clean and great to use. I highly recommend them! And they come in a little travel bag. I can now use a straw without the guilt.
Byon Jun 11, 2020
They look clean and simple and go with almost any decorative cup. It comes with a small cleaner, a variety of sized straws (Perfect for boba tea and fraps), and comes in a thick clothed pouch for easy travel.
Byon Mar 21, 2020
Bought these straws from RIO's website a week ago and I love them! Super high quality, nice carrying pouch and a straw scrubber/cleaner is included. I'm going to keep them at work to use when I buy from coffee shops.”
Byon Oct 05, 2020
Whenever we talk about plastic pollution in the ocean, most people will typically think of massive ocean garbage patches filled with plastic bags, bottles, straws, and other discarded single-use items that are...