For every pair of sunglasses sold, we help clean 2 kg of plastic from our oceans.
During the summer of 2018, MessyWeekend partnered with the environmental NGO 4THEPLANET (formerly PROARTSO) to found the project "ORIGINES." The initiative is determined to design a sustainable method to clean plastic waste from the Colombian Pacific and is funded by the sales of MessyWeekend sunglasses and snow goggles. Our pilot project is focused on the very remote town of Timbiqui in the Colombian jungle, where tons of plastic waste gathers on its shores. The first contract between 4THEPLANET and MessyWeekend secured the cleanup of 125 tons of plastic waste before 2022, with a 1 product = 10 kg of waste cleared from the Pacific.
Our 2019 contract with 4THEPLANET works with a 1 = 2 kg agreement, as 1 = 10 kg resulted in too much collected waste with not enough space to store it. 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 on-site waste management facility, which is why our commitment is now 2 kg. The donation per sold MessyWeekend product is exactly the same, the difference is that 4THEPLANET is working more politically and within the local societies to inspire real change. Creating awareness and focusing on the problem at its core.
How messyweekend supports
When you buy a product from MessyWeekend, part of the revenue directly finances the waste and plastic cleanup program in the Colombian Pacific called "ORIGINES." We see ourselves as well as all our customers as equal investors in cleaner oceans.
WHAT OUR FRIENDS AT 4THEPLANET DO
With your donation, our friends at the NGO 4THEPLANET can organize many different events in the ORIGINES project, strategically aimed at creating sustainable solutions for key areas in the Colombian Pacific. These areas are very remote, heavily polluted by plastic waste, and stand without the educational or financial surplus to create sustainable solutions for waste management. 4THEPLANET organizes the volunteer-driven cleanups, 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 sits the remote village of Timbiqui, our first targeted area to transform into a cleaner and waste-managing culture. We have already identified 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 community polluting the waters, which flows directly out into the Pacific Ocean. We organize expeditions with many volunteers, cleaning up the vast 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 facilities.
TRANSPORT & RECYCLING
Initially, the plastic waste from Timbiqui was transported by private boats to larger cities for recycling. However, at the moment we are working on involving the Colombian army, as their transportation facilities are far 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 continuously optimizing the flow of waste and the 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 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.
MAKING CULTURAL CHANGES
We're fully aware that cleaning will never accomplish the job alone. We need to create a sustainable waste management system, both locally and globally. That’s why 4THEPLANET creates inclusive workshops to reach a larger segment of the local populations in 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 army, which is supporting our efforts by supplying transportation vessels and equipment to optimize the beach cleanups. The locations where pollution is heaviest are very tough to reach, deep in the jungles of Colombia, and creating a functioning solution demands support from governments as well as third parties. With your donations, these partnerships and systems are being created today.
If you wish to donate to this project please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org