(David Katz, Founder/CEO). Plastic Bank pays people to collect certain types of plastic waste and take it to their collection locations in Haiti and, more recently, the Philippines for pelletizing and recycling. (There are plans to expand to Brazil and Indonesia, followed by South Africa, the Vatican, Panama and India). Collectors can receive payment in money, of course, but they also can draw on the credit to buy stuff, like cook stoves or fuel, at special stores. Some schools in Haiti also accept plastic to be used toward tuition. “If a family making $1,000 a year gets $60 from plastic, it’s a profound change in their lives,” says David Katz, founder of the Vancouver, BC-based company. (The company's term for the currency is Social Plastic). Plastic Bank monetizies waste plastic and local residents make money collecting and selling the waste plastic to them.
SAVE OUR OCEANS FOUNDATION WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE PLASTIC-TO-FUEL CONVERSION UNITS TO ADD DIESEL FUEL TO PLASTIC BANK'S INVENTORY OF PRODUCTS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED WITH SOCIAL PLASTIC!
(Ken Welch, President and CEO). Ocean Guardian has procured a salvaged Coast Guard Cutter and converted it into an ocean-going research ship (The Acushnet) dedicated to cleaning up the oceans. Starting with the Cook Islands and moving to the Pacific Garbage Patch, this is the right tool to attack these problems causing the decline of our oceans around the world. Future plans include cleanup of Midway Island and the surrounding ocean. There is so much plastic on Midway that adult albatross feed their chicks plastic instead of food. Chicks die and their decayed carcass exposes the plastic to yet another generation. Ocean Guardian will clean islands including surface, midwater and ocean bottom to bring back the health of our Oceans.
SAVE OUR OCEANS WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH OCEAN GUARDIAN TO PROVIDE A PLASTIC-TO-FUEL CONVERSION UNIT ON THE ACUSHNET!
Vic Ferguson, President/CEO). Coral reefs are the basic building blocks for all sea life. Without it we will lose our 700 million-ton world seafood supply. Plastic on the ocean floor blankets coral reefs killing the coral and affecting all sealife. The World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation works to advance the understanding, enjoyment, and conservation of coral reefs through an integrated program of excellence in data gathering and sharing, education, and outreach built upon active and long-term partnerships with divers, conservationists, the scientific community, and local island governments. The World Coral Reef Foundation is investigating ways to remove plastic that settles to the bottom of the ocean.
SAVE OUR OCEANS FOUNDATION WISHES TO AID THEIR EFFORTS BY WORKING TO PROVIDE A SHIPBOARD PTF UNIT TO CONVERT PLASTIC WASTE TO FUEL AT SEA!
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