First Non-Shipping Company Joins Eyesea


German apparel manufacturer GOT BAG has become the first non-shipping company to join the Eyesea initiative. In 2016, GOT BAG started sourcing Ocean Impact Plastic, recycling it, and processing it into backpacks.

The company now works with a network of 2,500 fishermen and people in Indonesia collecting Ocean Impact Plastic. The material is then sorted and recycled into pellets which are then made into backpacks and other bags. For each bag approximately 2-10 pounds of Ocean Impact Plastic are collected – material that is either already threatening or likely to become a threat to the marine environment – depending on the size and design.

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Eyesea Supports Indian Clean-Up and Mapping Initiative

Eyesea has announced a pollution clean-up and mapping partnership with the Luna Story Foundation in the Vasai area, north of Mumbai, India. The Luna Story Foundation helped test the Eyesea App in early 2021, and the data collected in this phase showed how the app could be used by clean-up groups to record their work and demonstrate the scale of local pollution. 

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‘Found my Kids Playing With Plastic Trash at a Beach So I Cleaned Up 650 Tonnes of It’

“The weirdest thing I’ve found at a beach while cleaning up has been a human skull,” says Lisbon Ferrao, a marketing professional whose passion, and side venture for many years now has been cleaning the beaches of Mumbai city. Today, the group ‘Vasai Beach Cleaners’ is one step toward Mumbaikars having spotless sands once again. 

A fascinating article about Lisbon Ferrao (outside link)

Kaiko Systems joins Eyesea to support ocean pollution data collection

Eyesea is a nonprofit organisation with a mission to map global pollution and maritime hazards. Its mobile application allows individuals to submit geotagged photographs which the organisation plans to use to identify what makes up maritime pollution, its density, and where clean-up efforts can have the greatest impact.

“Collecting proper data on where maritime pollution exists and what it is made of is a crucial first step. Images are an important tool here because they are quick and easy to take, and they provide a lot of information….

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