WANTED: The innovative recycler
In our holistic waste management system we collect all types of waste (it’s our duty while servicing the island) - from the usual recyclables (plastics, glass, cardboard, tyres, metals and more) to the very-hard-to-recyclables. And there is a reason we used “hard-to” instead of “non-recyclables” - we love a challenge and we pride ourselves in finding as many options for our waste materials as possible. We actually spend countless hours, weeks and months trying to find solutions which might be available in another country, in another form - until we find a way.
When someone tells us that something can’t be recycled, we still make sure to double check (and then check again), before we completely throw in the towel at least for the time being. This has allowed us to find rather amazing recyclers willing to and excited to recycle flip-flops, multilayer packaging, low grade plastics and many more materials, which usually get thrown into the “non-recyclable” corner far too early.
Our quest continues and this is were YOU come into the picture! Are you a recycler or a producer who uses a lot of finite material which could be replaced by existing material through a recycling process using the circular economy principles? We are running a sustainable supply chain of ocean-bound and beach collected material and would be glad to explore possible collaboration and partnership opportunities.
Island bound Circular Economy
Inhabited islands have no choice but generate waste and as much as we would love '“zero-waste” islands to exist - we are facing the reality of a growing world-wide population, consumerism and therefor - waste (you might have even seen islands which are inhabited, but still polluted by human activity). For many islands you can add the strain of rapidly expanding tourism, which allows the island’s inhabitants to have a better lifestyle (more revenue, better housing, healthcare and education), but brings an unwelcome bonus - large amounts of waste, which usually has a higher percentage of hard-to-recyclables.
To shift to a circular economy system on an island we are building an innovative business model which redefines growth while keeping the positive society- and environment-wide benefits at the core of our activity.
This model prides itself on island-appropriate collection of waste and treatment systems, as well as on effective segmentation of waste materials - and most importantly - finding the best possible upcycling methods for these materials within a loop that is as close as possible. Thus ensuring the leakage of materials out of the system will decrease.
A circular economy seeks to rebuild capital, whether this is financial, manufactured, human, social or natural. This ensures enhanced flows of goods and services. The system diagram illustrates the continuous flow of technical and biological materials through the ‘value circle’.” - https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/
As defined by the Ellen McArthur Foundation, the circular model is based on three principles:
Design out waste and pollution
Keep products and materials in use
Regenerate natural systems
In a circular economy, economic activity builds and rebuilds overall system health. The concept recognises the importance of the economy needing to work effectively at all scales – for large and small businesses, for organisations and individuals, globally and locally. It represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and societal benefits.