Upcycling the oceans Thailand

The objective of the project is to recover marine debris with fishermen’s help, beach-cleaning associations and diver communities, as well as raising awareness about the problem with ocean pollution amongst tourists and citizens. 

The project “Upcycling the Oceans Thailand” begun its activities in 2017, thanks to the Ecoalf Foundation, in collaboration with the company PTT Global Chemical and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. It has a previewed duration of three years, from 2017 until 2019. The first year focuses on education and promotes the concept of responsible tourism while activities of waste management such as the recovery, segregation and plastic waste transformation are carried out. 

During the second year, through a sustainable and innovative technological process, the plastic is transformed into raw materials. Lastly, using this raw material, sustainable fashion products are made. 

This project promotes the recovery and management of plastic waste in touristic coastal areas of Thailand. The activities of the project include divers picking up plastic waste from the bottom of the seabed, and other volunteers that collect the waste from the beaches. 

8 million tonnes

of waste end up in the oceans every year. 60% of which come from Asian countries.  

On September 1st 2017, the first official event took place on the island of Koh Samed. It started with 100 divers, 300 volunteers and 3 project leaders. After 5 hours of hard work, a total of 0,7 tonnes of marine waste was collected. 

On the 28th of January 2018, another event took place in Phuket. This included of 900 volunteers cleaning the beaches and 85 divers cleaning the sea beds. In total 0,85 tonnes of waste was recovered. 

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