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More than 1 million kg of plastic recovered from oceans and rivers

November 19, 2021

Together, we've officially stopped more than 1 million kg (2.2 million pounds) of plastic from polluting the oceans in 2021. During times with an extensive focus on the urgent need for climate actions, this important milestone shows how collective and immediate action is the catalyst to make real change to turn the tide against ocean plastic pollution. At ReSea Project, we're extremely thankful for the support from the businesses worldwide being part of our cleanup movement.

  • More than 1 million kg (2.2 million pounds) of plastic recovered from oceans and rivers so far in 2021. Equivalent to the weight of 9 blue whales.

  • The cleanup team in Indonesia has grown 72% from January to October 2021. By ensuring fair compensation we are able to support their income and improve living conditions for our cleanup team and their families.

  • Engaged in developing 1 educational program that so far has been launched in five national schools in Greater Jakarta about ocean conservation and improving waste management, educating more than 1,600 students.

  • Developing local partnerships and engaging with various organizations and entities to find solutions to recycle marine plastics and thereby contribute to improving waste management.


At ReSea Project, our community-driven cleanup solution was founded on the belief that businesses brought together have the force to make a real difference and accelerate the efforts needed to solve the ocean plastic crisis.

We’re not going to sit still and wait for the plastic breaking into microplastics and endangering ocean health.” - General Manager of Operations, Ann Sofie Gade.

Amongst the 1 million kg of plastic recovered are mostly typical consumer plastics such as plastic bags, cups, bottles, lids, straws, and different wrappers. A result of the global problem of single-use plastics and poor disposal options. A recent global assessment report released by the UN Environment Programme about marine litter and plastic pollution reveals that plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water is still on the rise, and could more than double by 2030, harming marine life, humans, and climate change.

With the community-driven approach of our cleanup solution, we go beyond the cleanup itself. As we progress our cleanup impact, so does the development of our solution, allowing us to tackle plastic pollution on multiple levels, such as raising awareness, improving waste management systems, enhancing circularity, and inspiring and influencing businesses and individuals to behavioral change.

“No single solution can stand alone to tackle the global problem of ocean plastic pollution. We are keenly aware that our cleanup solution needs to grasp the problem from different angles. Improving the lives of our cleanup team being one of them. As the support of our cleanup mission increase, we're constantly looking into how we can increase our social impact, work on strong local partnerships and solutions to utilize the plastic recovered to support the circular economy, and engage in educational programs." - General Manager of Operations, Ann Sofie Gade.
ReSea Project cleaning plastic pollution in Indonesian river
📷 ReSea Project. Local cleanup team in Indonesia stopping plastic debris from moving towards the ocean.

ReSea Project is currently present in more areas in the Greater Jakarta region in Western Java, with our cleanup ecosystems established in riverside and coastal areas characterized by low-income and waste mismanagement. Our cleanup team often consists of local fishermen, whose lives and local environment are affected by the large amounts of plastic in the natural environment. Rivers work like conveyor belts and transports plastic waste towards the ocean. Our total collection impact is the result of tackling heavily plastic polluted rivers and coastal waters to stop it from endangering the ocean and marine species.

📷 ReSea Project. Rivers like this is a large contributor of riverine plastic emission into the ocean.

At the core of what we do is being transparent and documenting our impact. Simply because we want to do things right as it creates certainty and confidence for our partners to support and progress our cleanup mission. Our collection process is certified by the independent third-party DNV who verifies our traceability systems and the collection data. The traceability system is powered by the ToolChain blockchain platform from VeChain and together with the third-party certification, it ensures the highest level of traceability of our cleanup process and the amount of plastic we remove from oceans and rivers.

"Although the pandemic has limited our ability to visit the cleanup sites in Indonesia, our traceability system and close team work with our on-site Operational Managers has made it possible to keep momentum and progressing our efforts, even from the distance." - General Manager of Operations, Ann Sofie Gade.

Going forward, our team was recently able to visit our operational sites in Indonesia again, which gave us the opportunity to research further recycling opportunities and future expansion of local partners to find the right solutions to improve circularity and waste management. We will keep reporting our collection numbers, crossing milestones, and further breakthroughs of our mission to tackle the ocean plastic crisis together with businesses worldwide powering our efforts.

Together. For a plastic-free ocean.


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