InMocean x COPROT

Catch the Wave to a Cleaner Tomorrow

Thanks to a generous donation from the founders of InMocean, we are able to better address the problem of plastic pollution on the Osa Peninsula.

What is InMocean?

 

Their work starts where big solutions cannot reach. InMocean aims to work with local communities in remote coastal areas to create systems for domestic plastic waste management and reducing plastic pollution in adjacent oceans and shorelines. They provide small-scale recycling machines and the necessary know-how to turn plastic waste into something useful. In the long term, they want to support the local communities in creating circular economies in seaside areas with basic infrastructure that turn plastic waste into a precious resource and create new employment opportunities.

Learn more at http://in-mocean.org/

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The Process

  1. COLLECT: The process starts with materials, which are all gathered from the beaches. As a conservation project, beach clean-ups were already ingrained in the project’s mission. However, this partnership gave the site a more productive way to utilize the No.2 plastic from our beaches. The InMocean machines have the ability to utilize No.2, 4, and 5 plastic, but these must be used in isolation.

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2. CUT and CLEAN: All of the plastic is cut into more manageable sizes and cleaned. We often use coconut husks or discarded toothbrushes collected from the beach clean ups to ensure the material is clean. 

3. SHRED: The cut and cleaned plastic is organized by color, then inserted into the shredder. This machine grinds the plastic into much smaller pieces; the smaller the pieces, the easier it is to turn the extruder.

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4. CREATE: The plastic pieces are inserted into the extruder, which is cranked to produce a “plastic worm” which is wrapped around forms to create the products. While metal forms work best for bowls and pots, we found that bamboo works well for bracelets and rings. A variety of different products can be created using various metal plates to change the shape of the “worm” and different techniques by the artist. 

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