Making art (specifically sculptures) from washed-up beach litter specifically flipflops
Ocean sole upcycles washed up flip-flops into pieces of art work or functional products. As a social enterprise, they employ both artists and collectors and spend some of their profits on local awareness activities. The art is sold globally.
Upcycling beach litter and plastics from old kite surfing equipment into new products
Merijann is working on turning plastic into visions by engaging the local community to collect beach litter which can then be made into products that benefit their partner, Dilsiri Welikala, a kite surfing resort and through that help fight local poverty
Establishing recycling points along the promenade and using those materials for sculptures, flowerpots, public art and floral design.
Any collected recyclables get sorted, washed and then repurposed. For example, tires and large containers are made into flower pots, bottle tops are used for mosaics etc. The recycling plant doubles as an educational centre and has fully time employees
for currency that can be used to buy clothes, books and other items at their events.
Seaside scavenge is rewarding litter pickers with tokens to buy a whole array of goods at their scavenges. What was once a small clothes swap and beach clean is now a project that has grown and inspired communities to take a step towards cleaner coastlines and conscious consumerism across the globe.
Plastic Fischer works in Indonesian waterways. They have designed various technology and equipment to keep rubbish from flowing into the ocean. These 'TrashBooms' are made with local materials making them very affordable. The 'TranshBooms' are U-shaped floating devices that catch rubbish in the rivers. As they are only about 2m deep, they still allow fish and other wildlife to pass freely.