We help cleaning 2kg of plastic waste for every pair of sunglasses sold
During the summer of 2018 MessyWeekend partnered with the Environmental NGO PROARTSO founding the project ‘ORIGINES’. The initiative is determined to design a sustainable clean up of plastic waste in the Colombian Pacific and is funded by the sales of MessyWeekend sunglasses and ski goggles. Our pilot-project is focused on the very remote town of Timbiqui in the Colombian jungle, which gathers tons of plastic waste at its shores. The first contract between PROARTSO and MessyWeekend has secured the cleanup of 125 tons of plastic waste before 2022, with a 1 product = 10 kg waste cleared from the Pacific.
Our 2019 contract with PROARTSO works with a 1 = 2 kg agreement, as we are now focusing on building a sustainable full-circle solution for handling and processing the plastic waste after it’s collected. This entails a significant investment in an onsite waste management facility, which is why our commitment is 2 kg. The donation pr. sold MessyWeekend product is exactly the same, the difference is that PROARTSO is working more politically and within the local societies to inspire real change. Creating awareness and focussing on the problem at its core.
How messyweekend supports
When you buy a product from MessyWeekend, a part of the revenue goes directly to finance the waste and plastic clean-up program in the Colombian Pacific called 'Origines'. We initiated this project together with the NGO PROARTSO, and we see ourselves as well as all our customers as equal investors in cleaner oceans in the future.
WHAT OUR FRIENDS AT PROARTSO DO
With your donation, our friends in the NGO PROARTSO can organize many different events in the Origines project, strategically aimed to create sustainable solutions for key areas in the Colombian Pacific. These areas are very remote and heavily polluted by plastic waste and stand without the educational nor financial surplus to create sustainable solutions for waste management. PROARTSO organizes the volunteer-driven clean-ups, builds awareness, educates the local community, and together we're building organizational structures for a full-circle waste management system.
On the Pacific coast of Colombia, the remote village of Timbiqui is our first targeted area to transform into a cleaner and waste-aware managing culture. We have already targeted 26 similar areas with very poor waste-management, that Origines will expand to in the future. At these locations, the plastic waste gathers from upstream and the tide, but also from the local society polluting the waters, which flows directly out into the Pacific Ocean. We organize expeditions with many volunteers, cleaning up the endless amounts of stranded waste.
PACKAGING AND STORAGE
At the moment we are working on constructing a local warehouse facility, for us to store the gathered waste before it's transported to recycling.
TRANSPORT & RECYCLING
Initially, the plastic waste from Timbiqui has been transported by private boats to larger cities for recycling. However, at the moment we are working on involving the Colombian army, as their transport facilities are much superior. Some of the waste is then transported to Buenaventura, where the materials are bought for reuse by third parties, such as Recicoplas. Plastic bottles are transported to Cali and sold to the recycling company EKORED. We are continually optimizing the flow of the waste and handling of it.
CREATING ARTISTIC AWARENESS
Art plays a central role in facilitating the message of a cleaner Colombia. The art creates awareness aimed to include and inspire the local cultures. The art takes many forms, including sculptures and performances created by and for the locals, functioning as a communication tool that breaches social barriers.
BUILDING CULTURAL CHANGES
We're fully aware that cleaning will never do the job alone. We need to inspire a sustainable waste-management system both local and global. That’s why PROARTSO creates inclusive workshops to reach a larger segment of the local societies at our targeted areas. Together with the artistic performances the Origines project puts in an effort to solidify a cultural change, so these areas will become self-driven team players in securing a less polluted future.
The Origines project is simultaneously working on a political level, trying to implement permanent solutions that function effectively. We’ve already involved the Colombian Military, who are supporting our efforts by supplying transportation vessels and equipment to optimize the beach clean-ups. The locations where the pollution is most massive is very tough to reach, deep in the jungles of Colombia, and creating a functioning solution demands support from the governments as well as third parties. But with your donation, these partnerships and systems are being created today.
If you wish to donate to this project please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org