Indonesia. An Archipelago that consists of more than 17,000 islands and is known as one the epicenter of plastic pollution which is having a negative impact on our oceans. All of us are responsible for the amount of plastic waste entering our oceans every year. We at GOT BAG can’t just sit there and wait for the plastic pollution to disappear. It’s time to take action and the time is now!
Meanwhile our team member Max manages our Clean-Up activities nearby the coastal area of Demak and Gunung Kidul, where waste recycling system can still be developed and the ecological and social benefits are clearly greatest. When Max had the opportunity to spend his studies abroad in Indonesia, he got faced with the plastic pollution for the first time.
Following further discussions at eye level with fishermen, initiating training sessions on waste separation with local people and schools, he visited several coastal towns and regional fishing communities in south indonesia.
Max initiated to build the first logistical structures and observed the amount of plastic waste our network of hundreds of fishermen can take out of the ocean in a given period of time. Fishermen collect Ocean Plastic as a by-catch, collect it at the gathering point and as soon as it is cleaned, we can process it to obtain a high quality yarn for the production of our GOT BAG.
With the combined power of our growing network, Max manages our own Clean-Up activities all over small coastal areas in Indonesia to recover as much plastic as possible. We want to be involved in all actions as an immediate part of the recycling process and continue until the last pieces of plastic waste is taken from our oceans.
Our office in Mainz is the headquarter and controlling point of all actions we do. We all come together to be ready to move forward and reflect on our further steps, dealing with logistics, communication, product design and management. We believe in the united efforts of everyone who is involved, to Create an Impact to our nature, people and our planet.
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