Plastic Offset Program via Plastic Catch and Our Other Programs
Plastic Catch is a program created by the collaboration between Ocean Recovery Alliance and Waste2Wear in order to help remove plastic waste from our waters and ocean. The program combines plastic offset commitments by companies, with plastic waste removal from our environment. Companies that undertake the Plastic Disclosure Project can readily determine the amount of plastic they use in various parts of their business, as well as how much they recover, recycle or use recycled content, among other metrics. This number can then be offset via our Plastic Catch programs which work with fishermen, villagers and local communities to remove plastic waste from our environment. The offset cost is based on the time, effort, man-power and organization needed to properly remove materials from the environment, and in sometimes fairly remote or under-serviced locations.
This can also be done at an individual level, if people want to contribute monthly or annually to offset their own plastic use (and we all know that trying to avoid all plastic in all scenarios is incredibly difficult, so this is a way to help remove some of it in other locations that do not have good waste collection or recycling facilities). Donations can be made via our Simply Giving, and these can be created as automatic monthly contributions. Also, If your employer has a workplace giving program, your donation may be eligible for matching funds via Benevity. If so, you can locate Ocean Recovery Alliance through your program giving site by searching the following unique identifier: 840-451347667 or our tax-ID (45-1347667).
The program brings verified removal quantities of plastic waste to the offset program, via trusted partners in our collaborative activities. The goal is to bring incentives, local awareness and education about the benefits of proper waste resource recovery and management, so that trash does not become an environmental burden. The circulatory system also functions as a social driver at the corporate and community level, where often the incentive to recycle is not high enough, or where trust is lacking in terms of how effective recycling actually is in a given jurisdiction. Its first trial of this program was in on Cheung Chau Island in Hong Kong, with existing programs now in Cambodia, via our the momentum created via our bi-annual events, the Water Falling and Water Rising Festivals, with villages along the Tonle Sap Lake and the Siem Reap River.
Funds for Plastic Catch will be generated from companies or individuals who want to offset their plastic use. and want to know they can make a difference in areas where they might not have a touch-point today, or trusted partner to undertake such activities.