As part of my studies at ESMT Berlin in April 2019 together with two other motivated Masters in Management students I will conduct a pro-bono consulting project for Lembeh Foundation, located in North Sulawesi, and support them with a business plan and market research for a Plastic Bank. It would allow local people to bring their plastic waste and get paid in return.
Why this project? Everything started with our passion for oceans and raising concern about plastic pollution. Between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste contaminate the oceans each year, with Indonesia being the world’s second largest contributor to plastic pollution. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce the amount of land-based plastic waste, which corresponds to over 80% of the plastic entering the ocean, just by reducing the amount of uncollected plastic waste and improving country’s inefficient waste management system.
Our social impact project is aimed at contributing towards the achievement of this goal. The establishment of Plastic Bank in Indonesia will create a local plastic disposal station and reduce plastic pollution by adding to the overall environmental protection at the same time.
Moreover, our project will also create economic opportunities as well as new jobs for the local community. By incentivizing and educating local people about plastic recycling, Plastic Bank supports sustainable living and prevents plastic from entering the ocean. Additionally, the implementation of Precious Plastic Center would create new income sources for unemployed women such as stay-at-home moms and pensioners, allowing those people to upcycle plastics and produce products for them to sell.
In order to support our travel expenses, I started this fundraising initiative. I am glad to provide further information and answer any questions you might have!
Any contribution towards our goal is highly appreciated!