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Koh Taen

CERTIFIED ETHICAL PLASTIC PROGRAM

Koh Taen

5km south of Koh Samui

Surat Thani

THAILAND

 

Problem

The Island called Koh Taen is just off the south-west corner of Koh Samui, southern Thailand.  It is about 7km square and has a permanent local Thai community of about 30 people. It is entirely off-grid, with most people using generators and some solar power. The amount of plastic waste that washes up on the beaches is significant and with limited community resources it is often buried, burnt or just left to wash back into the ocean.

Solution

These projects are largely undertaken to improve real estate value, but the community has shown a genuine interest in projects that improve sustainability and community life. Given the opportunity to create income and employment, the community could significantly benefit economically whilst drastically reducing the amount of plastic waste in their environment and creating useable items for their isolated community members.

Tioman Island

CERTIFIED ETHICAL PLASTIC PROGRAM

Tioman Island

Cintai Tioman Program

Malaysia Peninsula

MALAYSIA

 

Problem

Tioman Island is located 32km off the east coast of Malaysia Peninsula. Along with 7 surrounding smaller islands, this region has been declared a Marine Protected Area. There are 7 villages with a local population of 3000.  With a tourist population of 200,000 per year, this island experiences enormous pressure on their infrastructure and waste management services. Waste on the island is either burnt or dumped, with minimal recycling of any plastics.

Solution

Reef Check is a scientifically based organisation that assesses and supports the health of coral reefs globally. Their work with the Cintai Tioman Program is an integrated approach to assist in increasing the ecological and social resilience of the Island of Tioman. From activities on coral reef rehabilitation to community-based engagements, Cintai Tioman aims to help reduce the impact of human activities on coral reefs around Tioman Island, empowering the local communities to get involved in the management and conservation of their islands resources.  The addition of a Shruder Resource Recovery program would be a beneficial solution, turning the islands plastic waste into income generating resources.

Peripho Doro

CERTIFIED ETHICAL PLASTIC PROGRAM

Peripho Doro

Mataram

Lombok

INDONESIA

 

Problem

Mataram region is composed of many small villages in the forested regions of Lombok Island. The stunning mountains and rivers are inundated with waste plastic, as no collection systems exist in these remote areas. The plastics cause numerous problems including flooding of roads from blocked drains, polluting rivers and littering beaches where tourists visit. Following the Lombok earthquake in 2018, many buildings were badly damaged, unemployment rose and many businesses were left struggling.

Solution

Alwan and Amrul, two young men from Peripho Doro, started a micro-enterprise in recycling soft plastics. Guided by their innovative father who saw the excessive litter as an unused resource, the group established a small plastics recovery centre, making bricks, pavers, oil and grease for their community. After Louise met with them recently, it was decided they had a fantastic program in need of a proper workshop (see picture – current workshop in background) and a Shruder program to create jobs and income for the innovative group.

Siem Reap

CERTIFIED ETHICAL PLASTIC PROGRAM

Siem Reap

Project R with Cambodia Rural Students Trust

Siem Reap

CAMBODIA

 

Problem

Over 100 million plastic bottles are discarded in Cambodia every year; over 10 million plastic bags A DAY are used in Phnom Penh alone! In major urban centres, local authorities collect rubbish, including plastic, and send it to landfill. In rural Cambodia, plastic waste either lays on the ground for years or gets burnt. A stunning countryside that’s polluted with plastic that no one wants.

Solution

PC is partnering with the Cambodia Rural Students Trust (CRST), an NGO based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the mission of ‘Breaking the poverty cycle through education’. What makes this organisation unique is that it’s entirely managed by its students, with extensive mentoring from overseas professionals. CRST has been providing high school and university education to bright students from poor families since 2011, as well as business and leadership education through it’s educational-social-enterprises. 

Project R is CRST’s ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Plastic for Education’ program – providing scholarships to rural high school students as a reward for becoming Environmental Ambassadors! Project R includes environmental education in rural high schools and villages, leading to the collection of plastic for recycling! The recycled plastic is then provided back to the local villagers to weave into matts, baskets and other functional products which they sell to supplement their income, thereby providing a full cycle from trash, to education, to economic sustainability!

Gizo Island

CERTIFIED ETHICAL PLASTIC PROGRAM

Gizo Island

Gizo

Western Province

SOLOMON ISLANDS

 

Problem

Gizo, in the Solomon Islands is the hub around which the Western Province revolves. Plasticwise Gizo started a cooperative group of weavers on the islands of Ghizo where 7,000 people live. This area is the central hub for the Solomon Islands western province.  With little to no waste management, this dedicated group work towards creating solutions to waste. 

Solution

As part of the Networks for Sustainable Environment, the group only works with 15 local NGOs and UN Women and was recognized by the Australian organization Plasticwise as its first international branch in August 2017. Now, Plasticwise Gizo is looking for donations and funding for their activities. The financial part is just one of the challenges Solomon faces in the near future.   A Shruder program would increase their income and enable them to transform waste to resources with appropriate equipment and knowledge sharing.