Focus on island life

The communities and all the island's inhabitants, on which we develop our non-conventional waste management systems, are at the heart of our approach to problem solving, also called - human-centered design.

We work closely with the existing structure and local people, to ensure our solutions are inspired by the local customs and we are able to identify opportunities which directly serve the people on the islands - within the cultural, infrastructural and socioeconomic context. We merge this approach with the principles of circular economy and believe that this type of combined system will offer unprecedented new economic opportunities, as well as environmental and societal benefits for all involved parties. 

We believe that this approach will allow us to create products which resonate more deeply with the island's inhabitants and therefor will drive engagement and growth. Our mission is to have as much positive environmental and social impact as possible for the island and its people. 

Our designed island waste management system is taking a holistic approach to the challenges faced by islands all over Asia and the Pacific. To solve the present situation we strongly believe that each piece of the puzzle is needed for the whole structure to succeed:

  • from island wide awareness campaigns

  • educative activities with all of the island's pupils

  • to ghost gear retrieval with the help of fishermen communities and diving companies

  • partnering with and educating the hospitality industry

  • partnering with local farmers in order to create a fully sustainable supply chain of animal feedstock through our organic and green waste recycling

  • and many other examples you can explore through our stories

The Challenge of Waste and Recycling on Islands

 

With a little help from our friends

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education

For our embedded educational and outreach process we have partnered with Save the Plastic - an amazing grass-roots nonprofit association with a visceral and unconditional love for our blue planet and its inhabitants. With a passion for the ocean and a deep devotion to marine conservation, they chose to focus their forces and skills on the current environmental issue of plastics. Their work and activities focus on 3 main pillars: 

Local government support: Providing expertise and support to local governments on issues as plastic pollution and waste management.

Environmental Education: The Education Outreach Program (EOP) is created and adapted to all audience levels; students, teachers, local authorities, businesses and the general public.

Environmental data collection: Collecting data on the environmental state and providing baselines for future comparison is crucial for a long-term sustainable policy planning. Save the Plastic measures marine plastic pollution as well as coral reef health through elaborated scientific methods.

 
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Empathy is the capacity to step into other people’s shoes, to understand their lives, and start to solve problems from their perspectives. Human-centered design is premised on empathy, on the idea that the people you’re designing for are your roadmap to innovative solutions. All you have to do empathise, understand them, and bring them along with you in the design process.
— Emi Kolawole Editor-in-Residence, Stanford University