In October 2016, the Ecoalf Foundation started the Upcycling the Oceans project in Thailand. With the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the company PTT Global Chemical Public, the Ecoalf Foundation faces the challenge of replicating the initiative in this country. The aim is to get five fishermen’s associations, environmental NGOs, scuba diving clubs, and other local entities involved in cleaning up the beaches. At present, we’ve identified the locations where the experience will take place. Furthermore, meetings have been held with several companies that will process the waste, transform it into pellets and thread, and produce the fabrics.
of trash end up in the oceans every year. 60% comes from a range of Asian countries.
The “Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand” project runs for three years, from 2017 to 2019. The first year will focus on education and promoting the concept of responsible tourism while conducting waste management activities such as collecting, segregating, and transforming plastic waste. It then uses innovative eco-friendly technology in a production process to transform the raw material during the project’s second year.
Ultimately, the raw materials made from the plastic waste removed from the sea will be transformed into stylish fashion items and accessories.
This project promotes the collection and management of plastic waste in Thailand’s coastal and marine tourist areas. Project activities include scuba divers collecting plastic waste from underwater as well as other volunteers collecting plastic waste from beaches.
On September 1st 2017, the first official event took place in the island of SAMED and kicked off with 100 divers, 300 volunteers and the key leader’s presence. After 5 hours of cleaning and diving 0,7 tons of trash was collected.