In celebration of Global Recycling Month, we’re spotlighting Anova for 3 reasons:
1. They educate, enable, and financially motivate local community members in their quest to intercept ocean-bound plastic
2. In innovating new ways to use and recycle plastic waste, they get creative and persevere through tough challenges
3. The team does work on the ground to clean up their community’s environment
Read on for more!
THEY EDUCATE, ENABLE & FINANCIALLY MOTIVATE THE COMMUNITY
Anova is developing a program in Indonesia that captures, processes, and re-uses ocean plastics. The program empowers villagers, in particular the wives of fishermen, to collect high-yield plastics and exchange them for profit, while at the same time contributing to a cleaner environment.
THEY GET CREATIVE & PERSEVERE THROUGH TOUGH CHALLENGES
The recycling centers that will buy the plastic back from the community will be Anova-owned. This step is currently in the R&D stage. Each center will feature a machine that grinds plastics into chips that can be molded into new products. It’s an ambitious and challenging project complicated by all of the different types of plastic out there. Learn more by referencing the educational chart below.
INNOVATING NEW WAYS TO USE & RECYCLE PLASTIC WASTE
Given the challenges of plastic recycling, Anova perseveres. In the R&D stage, they’re currently developing new ways to convert recycled plastic waste into new items, items like:
- cutting boards
- tables & chairs
Items can ideally be shipped along existing supply chain routes to retailers at no added financial or environmental cost.
The initiative serves a dual purpose in fostering a circular economy while eliminating costs and leveraging efficiencies – all with love for the ocean and the communities that rely on it!
THE TEAM GETS OUT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
From building a recycling system that benefits community members to cleaning up local beaches, the Anova team takes action with thoughtful, hands-on work meant to generate a lasting impact.
Their latest effort took place on February 21st, 2021, with participation in Bali’s Biggest Clean Up on Berawa Beach, where over 154 lbs. of waste was collected by 25 volunteers (the max limit of volunteers due to COVID restrictions).
History has proven that global impact starts by empowering individuals and business decision makers to form a movement of positive change. We are extremely proud that Anova is taking serious strides in the space of plastic recycling, making a difference in their community and committing to research that may pave the way for global solutions.
Thank you, ANOVA Team, for all that you do!