We need solutions

Delving into the plastic pollution problem, Earthwatch has sent citizen scientists on marine debris expeditions in Australia, Bali, South Africa and Peru to help researchers from CSIRO and Southern Cross University understand debris loads and sources in these regions.

Right now we are helping small villages within Indonesia to create a circular economy from their waste. These villages do not have formal waste collection or waste management infrastructure. With our partners, we are introducing a portable “Shruder” machine that turns plastic waste into reusable products for the community such as woven floor mats, baskets, water tanks and even housing materials.

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Your donation and commitment will help us to:

  • Train communities in the skills they need to run their own micro business
  • Build community awareness of the impacts of plastic pollution and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Research the environmental benefits of small-scale recycling in remote island communities
  • Prevent plastic pollution from entering the environment 

What do you want to swim with, plastic or fish?

Without your support, there’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. It’s barely a conceivable thought, but one that’s fast becoming a reality with 8 million metric tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year.

79% of plastics produced globally accumulate in landfills or the natural environment such as our oceans. We know that plastics are not biodegradable and can exist for centuries – or even indefinitely.

This is why Earthwatch works with businesses, including packaging companies, to help transform their way of thinking and make changes at the production level.

With your support, our research findings will build the evidence needed to scale this work up across Asia, helping repurpose waste, create sustainable communities, and provide a plastic pollution solution for our oceans.

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