We are true salty souls that share a deep passion for our oceans which have been our home for many years. Plastic waste is a big threat for our beloved sea and its wonderful inhabitants which is why we are committed to tackling this global problem with all our hearts and energy.
At IN MOCEAN, plastic is as a precious material that was invented for durability, to be used for a long time and to be recycled over and over again in order to minimize the use of virgin resources. Plastic recycling bears the potential to induce positive change, especially in remote areas with basic or non-existent waste management infrastructure and minimal employment opportunities.
To help mitigate these disparities we work to empower people living in remote coastal communities to build recycling workspaces that turn plastic trash into precious new products. We develop new income streams for local workers by educating them on how to sell the recycled products to tourists and those in the hospitality industry, like hotels and souvenir shops. At the same time, those invested in the workspaces help rid oceans and shorelines of trash and prevent local domestic waste from polluting nature in the first place. A win-win for local communities and the environment.
In detail, how does this work?
More than 150 million tons of plastic are already contaminating our oceans*. Along remote coastal shorelines, plastic pollution is omnipresent. Often, there is no trash removal infrastructure or recycling facilities to take care of domestic plastic waste. Plastic pollution is sometimes not seen as a problem in these areas, because the drastic negative impacts of plastic pollution are unknown or because there are more pressing issues like the lack of employment opportunities. There is no incentive to retrieve plastic from nature and domestic plastic waste is either burnt or ends up in improper landfills, which causes harmful air, soil and ground water pollution.
*Source: Wissenschaftlicher Dienst des Europäischen Parlaments
The first step towards change is to be aware of an existing problem and a possible solution to solve it. If people knew about plastic trash’s potential to not only create value for people living in remote coastal areas but to also improve the general environmental and health situation, plastic trash would be seen as a precious asset. This change of mind set would give an incentive to collect the plastic that gets washed up ashore and prevent domestic waste from ending up in nature in the first place. So, let’s spread the good news!
By setting up community recycling workspaces in remote coastal areas, plastic waste will be turned into new goods. These recycled products can be sold through a network of various sales partners like hotels, restaurants, dive centers or souvenir shops. The revenue will create employment opportunities, paying local workers for the collecting, sorting, washing and recycling of the plastic. Plastic waste will be brought back into the economic circle which will provide value for the community instead of polluting the environment.
Turning plastic waste into sellable products has many positive impacts for people living in remote coastal areas. First of all, it provides an income for people who collect, sort, wash and recycle the plastic. Furthermore, it will clean the environment and prevent new pollution through plastic waste. Step by step, the revenue of the recycling workspace can help to improve the general trash management infrastructure of the community.
By using recycled products instead of those made from virgin materials, the use of natural resources will be reduced. Recycling plastic instead of burning or disposing it on improper landfills will improve the local air, soil and water quality
You are a big fan of seafood and clean oceans and live close to Lüneburg in Northern Germany? Then we have a great event lined up for you.