A Plastics Treaty Will Be Grand, But This Indonesian Recycling Innovator Isn’t Waiting
The following is an excerpt from a support what blog post.
A few days ago I – like many others online – was obsessed with an appalling #plasticmonster crawling through a recently opened irrigation canal in eastern Indonesia. As you almost certainly know, the ocean plastic crisis starts on land, and Southeast Asia is a primary source.
The video was published on LinkedIn by Tom Jackson, co-founder of Honest ocean materiala young operation with a vital mission: “to empower local communities by reversing the problem of plastic in the oceans and reclaiming plastic from their communities”.
They do this by expanding the ability to separate and shred high-quality recyclable materials and creating a reliable supply chain to serve a variety of businesses looking to transition to a circular model to succeed. The focus is on villages and towns in the eastern part of the vast Indonesian archipelago, but – in my eyes, at least – this model can travel.
I tracked down Jackson for the story. He’s in Lombok, the island just east of Bali. We recently talked about a pop-up Columbia Climate School Sustain What webcast: