We take plastic, seriously!
We're cleaning up plastic rubbish, containing it in "ecobricks" and using these as durable construction materials.
We collect and contain plastic pollutants before they reach our food chain. See how.
Most of the world’s drinking water already contains microplastic particles.
Behavioural change takes time. The plastics are piling up. Something needs to be done.
We’re fighting a battle against hazardous plastic on multiple fronts:
- plastic packaging thrown on the street or pushed out of a garbage can by stray dogs
- non-biodegradable items washing up on the beach
- microplastic particles contaminating the flora and fauna of mountain landfills
- poisonous dioxins being released from ignorant burning of plastics
We need your support to help us clean up this otherwise beautiful tropical paradise before it’s too late.
We’re acting local, but this is a global problem. We all share the same sky, the same sea. Pollution will eventually spread if not contained.
How we got here
Grace comes from a coastal town in the Philippines, called Moalboal. It has beautiful coral reefs, white sand beaches and friendly, fun-loving people.
Since the 70's, this site and surrounding areas have become popular with tourists for scuba, freediving, snorkeling and canyoneering activities.
This all sounds great - except for the garbage everywhere!
To understand the problem, we need to understand the culture. Less than 100 years ago, it was OK for people of the community to dump some waste in the street. When it's banana leaf food packaging and coconut husks, these naturally go back into the soil.
Our wonderful industrialized nations then introduced plastics to this town, without also giving them a means to deal with this non-biodegradable waste.
Every day here, one can smell the burning of plastics and see them floating past you in the otherwise beautiful oceans. The risks to humans and wildlife from all of this garbage is severe.
Leon and Grace first spent a month on an ecobrick cleanup project in Moalboal in October 2016. We paid local kids to join us in collecting the plastic food wrappers and other litter, stuff it into PET bottles also found on the street and talk to passers-by about what we were doing. We then went back to New Zealand to finish packing up our life there and prepare to move back to Moalboal permanently.
With some time to reflect on what worked and needed improvement, they are now full-time, committed to containing the plastic pollution affecting Moalboal.
Where does the money go?
We have been self-funding this project, but have very limited income. We bring the time and our passion, Patreon allows you to help support us with funding we desperately need to keep going. We will use your funds towards:
- providing food and board to international volunteers who assist with our activities
- give educational workshops to the community to raise awareness of why not to burn/bury plastic
- use native materials to develop our facilities for plastics processing (containment & construction)
We want to connect with all our patrons, so shoot us an email if you'd like to ask us more about what we do or just to say hi - a friendly message of support is just as good as a donation to lift our spirits on a day full of challenges!
By doing things for others, we feel connected and a part of the humanity that we want to see be the best it can be.
Leon & Grace