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Milestone achieved: Half a million kilos of plastic pulled from oceans and rivers.
20 July, 2021. Plastic pollution is on everyone's lips these days, and a growing number of companies are seeking ways to be part of tackling the issue. And rightfully so. The amount of plastic waste littering our oceans is still on the rise, and now more than ever we need immediate and concerned actions to stop plastic from destroying ecosystems, harming wildlife, nature, and society. In the first six months of 2021, ReSea Project's local cleanup teams in Indonesia have recovered no less than 560,030 kg of plastic from heavily polluted rivers and coastal waters, stopping it from ending on the seabed and flowing into the open sea. The collection data for the period from January to the end of June has been third-party validated by the global quality assurance company DNV, and all collection data is stored using blockchain technology. The cleanup impact is powered by the increasing number of companies in Denmark and globally joining the movement as part of their CSR commitments to take part in tackling one of the most pressing environmental issues humanity and our one and only home is facing. learn more about the movement here. Learn more about the amount of plastic waste recovered and the social impact of the cleanup efforts here. With the steady progress of the cleanup, ReSea Project has high ambitions for the ongoing efforts and development of its community-driven solution to tackle the global problem of plastic pollution, and the support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Decent work and economic growth, Responsible consumption and production, Climate action, Life below water, and Partnerships for the goals.
World Ocean Day
8 June, 2021. The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods Home to incredible wonders, an abundance of life, and serving as the planet’s lifesource, supporting humanity and all life on Earth. World Oceans Day is hosted by United Nations every year on June 8 to create awareness about the importance of a healthy ocean, and how it sustains life and livelihoods on the planet. Let’s share with you the importance of protecting our shared blue planet.
More than 305 tonnes of plastic removed from oceans and rivers in just four months
ReSea Project is gaining momentum after its community-driven solution to tackle ocean plastic pollution was enrolled in Indonesia last year. The interest from companies to do more for the environment and be part of the efforts is growing, which the collection data for the first four months of 2021 clearly proofs. ReSea Project’s collection data from January to April has now been validated bythe independent third-party DNV, and ReSea Project can now announce that as much as 305.239,62 kg (672,938.17 lbs) of plastic waste has been recovered from oceans and rivers. If it’s difficult to imagine how much plastic that really is, just imagine a pile of more than 15.2 million plastic bottles. The initial impact for 2021 comes after ReSea Project in February was just the second organization in the world to be certified after DNV’s standard for plastic reclaimed from oceans and rivers. To create a transparent and documented solution to enable companies to commit with confidence, ReSea Project has since the beginning of 2021 used a blockchain-based tracking system to document all steps in its cleanup process as part of the certification. This gives the highest level of traceability and provides proof of the origin of the plastic collected. “In a time with increasing focus on reaching climate goals and fight the threats facing our oceans, we are proud of the development we’ve experienced in such short time at ReSea Project. Since we started to use the blockchain tracking system, we’ve felt the interest from companies has increased because of our ability to digitally trace and document our impact”, says Ann Sofie Gade, General Manager Operations. Multiple benefits of community-driven solution ReSea Project’s solution is scalable, and with the need for more hands to clean up oceans and rivers, almost 50 people have been employed in Indonesia so far in coastal and river areas affected by low-income and plastic waste mismanagement. With an average monthly wage per member of the cleanup team 75% higher than the minimum wage in Jakarta, the cleanup efforts are also improving living conditions for the cleanup team and their families. “Solving the ocean plastic crisis requires a combination of multiple actions. One thing is that we are stopping the plastic that’s already out there harming our waters. But with our community-driven solution we are creating better living conditions for a lot of people. We support the circular economy, and with our presence we aspire to change the behavior and prevent plastic from being discarded in nature”, says Ann Sofie Gade. Local acts – global effect Indonesia remains one of the largest contributors to marine debris in the world.All though plastic pollution is a global problem that requires individual solutionsfrom country to country, the local cleanup effort in Indonesia is contributing to the global efforts against ocean plastic pollution that keeps being a threat against marine life, ecosystems, climate change, and society. “Our ambition is definitely to scale our operations in Indonesia further, and hopefully also other geographic locations with similar problems who will welcome our solution. Despite the cleanup, it also opens for new opportunities and collaborations with local partners, so that we can tackle plastic pollution from various angles. With the initial collection data for 2021, our whole team is without doubt even more motivated to continue the great work onwards”, says Ann Sofie Gade. Learn more about the certified collection process
ReSea Project becomes just the second organization in the world to be certified after new standard
World leading assurance and risk management company DNV GL released the first ever traceability standard in 2020 to verify the authenticity and origin of recovered ocean and river plastic. ReSea Project, a Danish company cleaning rivers and oceans in Indonesia, is the second organization in the world to be certified to the standard, offering the highest level of traceability of plastic removed from the hydrosphere. Copenhagen, Denmark – February 22, 2021 – ReSea Project, a Danish company with a community-driven solution to remove plastic from oceans and rivers, is the second organization in the world to be certified after a new international standard by world-leading assurance and risk management company DNV GL, to ensure the highest level of traceability of plastic recovered from oceans and rivers. The certification is an important step of the continued operations and ambitions of scaling the cleanup efforts in Indonesia, the world’s second-largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution. “The impact of our cleanup is solely dependent on companies funding our mission. Choosing DNV GL and completing the certification is an important milestone for our continuous operations, as it will provide the trust and certainty needed to support us, enabling us to extract plastic at a greater scale. Something that is crucial in the efforts against the ocean plastic crisis”, says Ann Sofie Gade, Head of Business Development at ReSea Project. The amount of plastic waste flowing into the oceans is rising and has only gone worse during the global pandemic with a recurrent reliance and consumption of single-use plastic. Solving the ocean plastic crisis requires significant efforts and solutions on multiple levels to both recover the huge amounts already out there and prevent more plastic from flowing into the ocean. “There is a growing market need to provide trust and transparency in claims. An independent third party like us verifies the origin and traceability of recovered plastic against established requirements in the standard. Certification of the ReSea Project’s traceability system assures transparency of its entire plastic collection process,” says Antonio Astone, Global Service Manager Assurance and Supply Chain in DNV GL. Full traceability To trace the entire collection journey of the plastic from the extraction point, sorting the plastic, and the onwards journey until delivery at a local waste bank, the ToolChain platform by VeChain is used. It ensures a digital tracking system based on blockchain technology that secures real-time data and tracks all steps within the scope of certification. This allows DNV GL to digitally monitor and audit all plastic collections from anywhere in the world at all times and notifies both parties if any deviations require attention. The high level of traceability provides proof of the plastic’s source and authenticity certified by an independent third party and allows anyone to trace the plastic back to its extraction point and view its onwards journey to the waste bank. It creates a level of transparency into the collection process that enables partners to trust that their involvement really helps make an ocean or river cleaner from plastic waste. Cleanup solution with social impact DNV GL’s Chain of Custody Standard for Plastics Retrieved in the Hydrosphere sets forth requirements to assure the traceability and integrity of reclaimed plastic from any body of water. ReSea Project is tackling the ocean plastic crisis with its community-driven solution where people in local communities in Indonesia, often characterized by poor waste management and low-income, are employed to remove plastic waste from rivers and oceans. ”The certification verifies the plastic extraction and quantities, which helps ensure fair compensation to the cleanup team and provides transparency into the collection process, ” says Antonio Astone, Global service manager Assurance and Supply Chain in DNV GL. Transparency is necessary to advance efforts The chain of custody standard by DNV GL is public and available to any organization for application and certification. The standard also expresses the need for more transparency in the market where many solutions claim to give back to the environment: “Our operations and impact relies on the support and means we get from companies. Regardless of what environmental difference initiatives are claiming to make, transparency is key to make an impact. By choosing DNV GL to verify our cleanup efforts we couldn’t be more certain that it will positively contribute to our purpose and advance our mission of tackling ocean plastic pollution”, says Ann Sofie Gade, Head of Business Development at ReSea Project. About ReSea Project ReSea Project is on a mission to put an end to the ocean plastic crisis and make waves beyond the sea we operate in. Our cleanup solution is community-driven, meaning we employ people in local communities to recover the plastic that’s polluting oceans and rivers. This contributes to better living conditions for those removing the plastic and their families, and it helps to raise awareness to stop plastic pollution at its source. We founded ReSea Project on the belief that companies working together have the force to accelerate the efforts needed to solve the biggest threat to our ocean: Plastic. With companies supporting our cleanup efforts we are creating a global movement enabling us to advance our operations to places with inadequate waste management and poverty, and inspire people, governments, and companies to protect and restore the heart of the planet. Together. For a plastic-free ocean. About DNV GL DNV GL is a leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services and a global leader in certifying companies’ management systems, products, and supply chains across many industries, including food and beverage. We combine technical, digital and industry expertise to help companies manage their most critical risks, demonstrate compliance with regulations and standards, and empower decisions and actions. Our integrated, digital solutions allow companies and trade partners to efficiently achieve high supply chain integrity. With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, we partner with our customers to build sustainable business performance and create stakeholder trust across all types of industries. Our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter, and greener.
Partnership to advance efforts against plastic pollution
A collaboration between ReSea Project and the Environmental Organization Plastic Change aspire to tackle plastic pollution from different angles. The amount of plastic going into the world’s oceans are set to triple unless companies and governments act to drastically reduce plastic production, according to a report from PEW Charitable Trust and Systemiq from July 2020. The research estimate that the amount of plastic going into the ocean every year will rise from 11 million tons to 29 million tons by 2040. The ocean plastic crisis is the most pressing threat against the ocean, animals, ecosystems, and society. A new partnership between ReSea Project and Plastic Change aims at getting more companies to take larger responsibility and get part of the actions against plastic pollution. “We are facing an urgent need to collect plastic waste from the Ocean to avoid it from ending up as microplastic. But the cleanup effort cannot stand alone. That’s why we have partnered up with Plastic Change, who works on long-term solutions to solve the problem.” says Resea Project Founder Christian L. Jensen.To solve the global threat of plastic pollution, we need to tackle plastic pollution from different angles. The collaboration combines the need of here and now action by involving companies in large-scale cleanup solutions, and the work for changing policies and regulations on a global scale, reduce production of single-use plastic, and stopping plastic at its source to prevent it from ending up in nature and eventually theOcean. The collaboration seeks to raise awareness of changing our plastic behavior in general and affect companies to reduce their plastic usage meanwhile being part of the cleanup efforts. The Founder of Plastic Change explains more about the collaboration and the urgent need for actions against plastic pollution in the video below:
SHIFT feature as solution to tackle ocean plastic pollution
ReSea Project is featured on SHIFT as a solution to tackle ocean plastic pollution. SHIFT is a platform screening and gathering the many solutions out there to tackle ocean plastic pollution. We are happy to be featured on the platform that seeks to help individuals and businesses finding their role in solving the world’s most pressing issues and finding the solutions best for them. With the hundreds of great initiatives spanning from tackling plastic pollution from seato source, we acknowledge the many solutions out there, each seeking to make a difference and making a positive impact on the ocean and our planet. Discover the many solutions to tackle ocean plastic pollution here: https://shift.how/
Local efforts contributes to the global issue of plastic pollution
By establishing our cleanup ecosystems in local coastal communities, we are contributing to better management of plastic waste. Indonesia is the second-largest contributor after China to the ocean plastic crisis, and a main reason for this is the lack of proper waste management if plastic waste. Due to ineffective waste management and infrastructure capacity in coastal communities, there are very little resources to stop plastic debris from polluting the marine ecosystem, according to a published 2020 study*.The study points out the necessity of proper waste management systems to prevent waste leaking into the ocean, and that there’s very little the communities can do alonedue to the lack in waste management solutions. ReSea Project address this issue by setting up cleanup ecosystems in local communities near rivers and coastal areas. By doing this we address the issue of bad waste infrastructure by employing people in the local communities to recover marine debris, sort it, and store it until it is being transported to a waste bank. Not only are we tackling the amounts of plastic already littering the waters, we also raise awareness and prevent plastic waste from being dumped directly into rivers and the sea. As our movement grows, so does or impact, meaning that our mission is to establish cleanup ecosystems in the worst affected areas with bad waste management to remove plastic debris to prevent it from harming the ecosystems. We hope our presence in Indonesia will lead and aspire local governments to improve efforts to ban single-use plastic, improve waste management and recycling solutions in local communities. Our cleanup solution is set up in so far four local communities near rivers and coastal areas to address both poverty and waste mismanagement. With the employment of nearly 50 cleanup members, we are fighting poverty, creating economic growth in local communities, and recovering plastic from rivers and the ocean to prevent it from harming marine life, the ocean ecosystems, and society. *Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0236149 Authors: Anna (Anya) Phelan, Helen Ross, Novie Andri Setianto, Kelly Fielding, Lengga Pradipta.