We came across a couple of initiatives of like-minded people which we would like to introduce briefly:
Stream2Sea was founded in Wauchula, Florida (USA), by Autumn Blum, an award-winning chemist who would not accept that cosmetics are full of ingredients toxic for marine life. The company offers non-toxic shampoo and other body and skin care products as well as mineral based sunscreen that does not harm our waters or our bodies. We are very happy that the company agreed to support our aim to bring biodegradable shampoo to Raja Ampat.
BandaSEA e.V. (non-profit association)
Besides other projects the association achieved the set-up of a functioning garbage collection and recycling scheme on the Banda islands in the Southern Molukko province of Indonesia, effectively reducing the amount the plastic polluting the ocean. We are very impressed how much the association has already achieved there while being thankful for all the useful hints we received for our projects.
Mantahari (social enterprise)
A pun between the manta ray and “sun” in Indonesian language (mata hari), Mantahari is a social enterprise which sells clothes fabricated from recycled plastic waste to raise donations for the Marine Megafauna Foundation of Indonesia. Mantahari also allows you to adopt a manta ray.
Got Bag (social enterprise)
Plastic waste collected by fishermen in Eastern Java is used to produce rucksacks and other bags by this social enterprise founded in Mainz. Germany. While local fishermen can raise an additional income by cleaning the ocean from plastic waste, the company also runs local awareness raising programmes in schools.