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WHO WE ARE - MAREDIS

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In  2018, a college student visited the USC Wrigley Institute at Catalina Island.
What he witnessed was nothing short of breathtaking. All meals were sourced by
a local kitchen using local produce and by-the-catch fish. The food waste was then
fed to soldier fly larvae, which was then crushed into pellets and fed to local fish.
Water was saved from each rainfall and conserved with each use. Plants were
grown efficiently using solar panel heating. A huge manta ray peacefully nibbled
on the kelp bed, protected from illegal fishing vessels by community oversight
and patrol craft from the US Coast Guard.

The whole community was a semi-closed system of sustainability. That
intentionality by the community was really paying off, creating one of the
most valuable sites of biodiversity in the United States.
This got the wheels turning in the boy's head. 

"You know, I grew up like a lot of other American kids. My family would go to some aquariums, color those dolphin and whale kiddie menus at restaurant, visit the beach.
It was fun. We were so close to the idea of the ocean, but it was hard to know what was happening in the ocean itself. Suddenly, we grew up. The world wasn't so clean, so pure:
and the ocean we'd grown up with in our imagination was nothing like those smiling
whales and light blue coloring books we grew up with.
Severe overexploitation of fishstocks all over the world, aided by armed ships who
defend greedy corporate interests in international waters. Ships dragging nets through
the open ocean, grabbing any fish they can find, killing dolphins, whales, or whatever happened to be caught in the nets. More plastic than fish in our oceans by the year
2050. More than 50% of the Great Barrier Reef, the most biodiverse spot on planet
Earth, bleached and dead. The most recent record-breaking dive in the deepest part
of the Mariana trench revealed not only new creatures we'd never seen before, but
the realization that plastic had beat us there.
That's why my trip to Catalina was so memorable. It is so easy to be jaded if you're
someone who cares about the environment today. In Two Harbors I found a model that actually worked. It got me thinking: how can I make a difference? I'm just a college kid.
How can I support these people who are fighting a battle that I actually believe in?"

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6 months later,  a group of scuba divers, designers, and engineers gathered in the heart of Downtown LA to celebrate the opening of Maredis Apparel & Co: the first ocean conservationist designer e-boutique to put its money where its mouth is. Since then, Maredis has expanded internationally, covering almost every country in the world.*
Together, we are making a difference-- toward clean vibes, and clean oceans.
-Paul Lie, CEO and Founder of Maredis Apparel 

(*excluding Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Antilles, Crimea, Syria, and North Korea). 

Clean Look

We offer quality materials, often experimenting with cutting-edge organic cotton blends and recyclable PET hypoallergenic materials. We bring avante-garde design and collaboration from LA's world of high-fashion together with the endless inspiration of the ocean in our products.

Clean Oceans

Paying for a designer brand usually entails a significant markup. That markup goes completely to personal profit for other boutiques. We don't believe in that. We donate $5 of every purchase to the largest international ocean nonprofit conservation group in the world, and we do it through our partner Pledgeling

Above and Beyond

We don't believe luxury should be
inconvenienced by shipping upsales.
Maredis is proud to announce free shipping on all orders in the US, with discounted shipping rates in Canada and worldwide.
Most orders are custom-made and delivered within 10 business days.

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