THE CLEAN LANDS PROJECT
Nik Schmidt founded The Clean Lands Project at the age of 20 during his entrepreneurial studies at FGCU in Fort Myers, Florida, United States.
REGISTERED FLORIDA LLC
The Clean Lands Project is a registered limited liability company (LLC) organized under the laws of the State of Florida.
LOCATED IN TAMPA, FL
The Clean Lands Project is a 2 man venture working towards making a positive impact around our hometown, Tampa Bay.
BIG PROBLEMS REQUIRE BOLD SOLUTIONS
Every year, billions of single use items are created and used all throughout the world. Nearly 30% of that waste turns into litter which pollutes our lands and oceans which can be very problematic for all life on earth. If we do not act now, this waste will only continue to accumulate and negatively impact our ecosystems, economies, and our individual vitality.
The Clean Lands Project is a registered Florida organization working towards revitalizing our local communities. Our goals are to remove 100,000 lbs of litter, plant 100,000 trees, provide 100,000 meals to (those in need/the hungry), help 100 local residents start their careers, and assist 100 people out of poverty/homlessness, while remaining carbon neutral. In order to achieve these objectives, we will be working with other local organizations to attain the necessary resources to do just that. Once we have achieved our goals, we plan to expand our efforts outside the Tampa region.
ITS MORE THAN JUST LITTER
Plastic pollution in the world's oceans is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time, impacting nearly 700 marine species.
According to a study conducted in collaboration with Deloitte, yearly economic costs due to marine plastic pollution are estimated to be between $6-19bn USD. The costs stem from the plastic’s impact on tourism, fisheries and aquaculture, and (governmental) cleanups.
Plastic pollution does not only impact sea life, it also carries toxic pollutants into the food chain – a food chain including us humans.
Founder & CEO
A MOVEMENT INSPIRED BY OTHERS
At the age of 20, Nik Schmidt was struggling with his mental health and came across a particular Twitter post one evening. The Tweet was made up of 4 pictures, each displaying before & after shots of individuals who decided to go to areas that were covered in litter and clean it up. Nik was inspired to do the same around the Florida Gulf Coast University campus. After he finished up with the cleanup, he decided to share his experience and open up about his mental health via Instagram post. He received an overwhelming amount of love and support from his online community that he decided to do it again the next week. As time went on, the weekly cleanups eventually turned into community events that got bigger in size and The Clean Lands Project began to take form.