Ocean Impact Plastic: Navigating the Waves of Change
The ocean – a fascinating, vibrant ecosystem that covers more than 70% of our planet. Yet, this paradise is under threat, especially from the growing plastic pollution. Plastic waste in the ocean has gained special attention due to its harmful effects on marine habitats. At GOT BAG, we have recognized from the beginning that saving our oceans doesn't start only at the beach. Collecting plastic from the ocean is part of our identity, but it alone is not the solution.
Breaking the cycle of plastic pollution
To stop the plastic flood, we must address the root causes. Our clean-up program in Indonesia goes beyond just collecting marine plastic. We combat the sources of the problem by not only collecting plastic from the ocean but also land plastic before it reaches the seas. Have you heard the term 'Ocean Bound Plastic'? It describes plastic that is recognized as such through certification. Our definition of Ocean Impact Plastic aligns with this, and we are working on our certification. This term gives tangible identity to the plastic we collect.
The meaning of Ocean Impact Plastic
Ocean Impact Plastic refers to plastic waste that negatively affects or will affect the ocean. This includes plastic already floating in the ocean and waste from coastal areas, the environment, or households without waste disposal. Our focus is on a distance of a maximum of 10 kilometers from the coast. About 85% of our collected plastic comes from coastal areas and 15% directly from the ocean. Our proximity to the coast allows us to collect less damaged material, making recycling more effective.
The diversity of Ocean Impact Plastic
Our collected Ocean Impact Plastic in Indonesia consists of about 15% PET. For our products, we use it together with certified PET granules. We collect not only PET bottles but all types of plastics to maximize our impact. We are constantly looking for recycling solutions for other materials because the truth is that a large part of it is unfortunately not recyclable.
Our clean-up action is just one piece of the puzzle in the fight against plastic pollution. Prevention, education, innovation, and collaboration are crucial. Everyone can contribute to reducing the plastic footprint and protecting our oceans. With our commitment, clean-up programs, and advancements in recycling technology, we are confident in making a noticeable impact on the health of our oceans.