ONE OCEAN PROJECT
Our founding team have worked in marine conservation for the last 10 years. They have seen first hand the damage that is being done to our oceans, through our use and improper disposal of plastics. No matter where in the world we are, we all have an impact on our One Ocean, and we all have a responsibility to protect it.
“One of the largest pollutants in the ocean is polyurethane from flip flops that have been washed or thrown into rivers and flow into the ocean.” Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Biology Professor, UC San Diego
3 billion pairs of plastic flip flops are sold every year throughout the world. By using the world's most popular shoe we are helping solve one of the world's biggest environmental problems.
We use profits from each pair of flip flops to ensure there are 5.7kgs less plastic in our oceans, that is the equivalent of 500 plastic bottles for each pair sold. As many plastic bottles as possible will be collected from rivers and coastlines, but we will collect other plastics too, as they are all a threat to our oceans.
Each 10g of plastic collected is the average weight of, and equivalent to, one 500ml plastic water bottle.
670,900 PLASTIC BOTTLES COLLECTED IN 2021
Accurate as of October 18 2021. Figure updated weekly.
Please zoom in and explore the map, we have several collection points in each country we work in. Click on the bottle symbols for more details.
WHO ARE WE SUPPORTING?
We are not another company that uses greenwashing to keep our shareholders happy. We are dedicated to making a difference, and to be transparent whilst we do it. We chose to support the organisations through which you, the consumer, could achieve the greatest impact on our oceans.
Empower is building a global plastic waste ecosystem based on the same philosophy as the Norwegian bottle deposit system. By giving plastic waste a value, Empower stop leakage of plastic into the environment and cost-efficiently incentivise the collection of leaked waste. By tracking it and making digital inventories they also ensure that most of it is reused and recycled.
This is done by setting up collection points around the world, together with partners who then issue financial rewards in return for the deposit of plastic. This provides an opportunity for people to pull themselves out of poverty and support their families and community. Empower also provide digital tools to increase transparency, market access and low-cost operations.
All the plastic is registered digitally when deposited, allowing it to be traced through the value chain. This creates transparency and traceability. It also allows them to map waste flows and to ensure that the plastic ends up where it has the highest value and the lowest cost to society.
See our plastic collection certificates from Empower here:
THE OCEAN CLEANUP
The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing cleanup systems to clean up what is already polluting our oceans and to intercept plastic on its way to the ocean via rivers.
A significant percentage of the plastic that enters our oceans come from rivers and other sources during a transfer that can take many years, drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once trapped in a gyre, the plastic will slowly break down into microplastics and become increasingly easier to mistake for food by sea life.
The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive ocean cleanup technology, that moves with the currents – just like the plastic – to catch it. By deploying a fleet of systems, The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five years.
Ocean Sole is a social enterprise, that up-cycle flip flops found along the beaches and waterways in Kenya into beautiful pieces of art.
Ocean Sole provides a steady income to nearly 100 low-income Kenyan families, help facilitate payments for educating their children, and recycle over a million flip flops each year, preventing them from polluting our One Ocean. We are proud to help support their incredible work!
GILI ECO TRUST
Gili Eco Trust, or Yayasan Ekosistem Gili Indah, is an NGO based on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. It was founded in 2002 to protect coral reefs around the Gili islands from destructive fishing. The Gili Eco Trust has grown and expanded its activities from marine conservation to waste management and sustainable eco-tourism. In 2004, Gili Eco Trust started the Biorock project; the creation of artificial reefs and restoring the natural habitat of thousands of fish in previously destroyed and overfished areas of the reef.
Gili Eco Trust also supports the FMPL, (Front Masyarakat Peduli Lingkugan) the waste collection and management organisation on Gili Trawangan. Making daily waste collections and processing recyclable materials and transporting them off the island.