Let´s shape the future
We strive for a world where plastic waste is treated as a precious commodity, generating sustainable growth for remote coastal communities. A world with clean oceans and healthy communities.
We can make it happen
In partnership with remote coastal communities, we develop tailored solutions to tackle the global plastic pollution problem on a local level. We help identify stakeholders and create funding plans that ensure sustainable infrastructures and provide trainings and workshops.
From trash to treasure
By creating community recycling workspaces, we transform collected ocean plastic and domestic plastic waste into new products. Selling these products provides an income for local collectors and recyclers and simultaneously helps clean our oceans and shorelines.
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It’s possible

We are true salty souls that share a deep passion for our oceans. As sailors, we have made the oceans our home and have seen firsthand that plastic waste is a big threat for our beloved sea and its wonderful inhabitants. We are committed to tackling the global plastic pollution problem with all our hearts and energy.

At IN MOCEAN, we view plastic as a precious material. Plastic was invented for durability and designed to be recycled in order to minimize the use of virgin resources. In remote areas with basic or non-existent waste management infrastructure and minimal employment opportunities, plastic recycling has the potential to induce positive change 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?

The problem

More than 150 million tons of plastic are already contaminating our oceans*. Plastic pollution is omnipresent along remote coastal shorelines. Often, there is no trash removal infrastructure or recycling facilities to properly handle local plastic waste. There is usually no incentive to retrieve plastic from nature and domestic plastic waste is either burnt or ends up in un-regulated landfills, which then causes harmful air, soil and drinking water pollution.

*Source: Wissenschaftlicher Dienst des Europäischen Parlaments

Awareness

The first step towards affecting change is to be aware of an existing problem and a possible solution. If people knew about plastic waste’s potential to not only create value for people living in remote coastal areas but to also improve the general environmental and health situation, it 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 being improperly disposed of in the first place. So, let’s spread the good news!

Solution

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.

Change

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 caused by plastic waste. Step by step, through education and hands-on learning experiences, the revenue from the recycling workspace can help to improve the general trash management infrastructure of the community. Simultaneoulsy, it will improve the local air, soil and water quality.

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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.