Marine Plastic Solutions is the helping hand providing bespoke best practice solutions for local, national, and regional organisations and governments across the formal and informal waste sectors.
MPS was created in order to bridge the gaps between those with the potential to help improve and protect the environment and those countries that are in need of such assistance through tailored solutions. The MPS team has worked globally with a high level of expertise on a variety of waste streams including, hazardous waste, e-waste, solid waste, healthcare waste, shipping waste, and plastic particularly in small island developing states.
MPS have extensive experience in developing countries in research, strategy and policy development, project development and implementation, market assessment, material flow and value chain studies, plastic partnerships and product stewardship guidance, waste baseline, segregation pilots and audits, informal sector research, recycling technology feasibility, behaviour change campaigns.
Over the years, we have built extensive networks and relationships through work focused on development across the Asia Pacific, Caribbean and select locations in Africa with key stakeholders including: multilateral institutions and the donor community, national and local government, industry coalitions, informal sector, recyclers, NGOs and academia.
The MPS team’s expertise has been earned through extensive on-ground experience across the globe working on circular economy, marine plastic, waste management and recycling, business, economics and policy research and strategy impacting marine plastic makes us an integral partner in tackling the global challenges of plastic packaging and related waste issues.
MPS is both experienced and equipped for offering virtual training, assistance and project implementation. We have conducted these activities across both the Caribbean and Pacific Regions during the pandemic. We are familiar with working with local counterparts and have forged strong connections throughout our remote work on recent projects.
MPS is currently working on projects in Cambodia, the Pacific (Norfolk Island, Samoa, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu) and in the Caribbean (Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica).
The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of internationally agreed upon priorities across a range of social, environmental and economic concerns. They also serve as the overarching framework for all development related work. Within these 17 goals there are five that directly concern the environment: SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 12 Responsible Production and Consumption, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 14 Life Below Water, and SDG 15 Life on Land. MPS aims to have its own impacts align with these environmental goals set by the UN. As a team, we understand that the environmental challenges faced by communities require an informed understanding of individual contexts in order to create a plan of action that will be contextually appropriate, effective, and achieve long-term success.
Transitioning from the traditional take-make-waste model to a cradle-to-cradle Circular Economy approach is more essential than ever. By deriving products from pre-existent recycled materials, we minimise the production of virgin materials and therefore the flow of non-useful waste. This approach will make managing waste easier as its expansion decreases, so long as individuals, organisations, businesses and governments all take responsibility for their involvement in this cycle, especially major producers. The MPS team is a strong advocate for this progression, as we are a founding member of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact and promote EPR (extended producer responsibility) in all our activities.
MPS also recognises the severe climate footprint of plastic production. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic materials leaks into the ocean on a yearly basis and it is expected that by 2050, plastic consumption/production will make up 15% of the global carbon budget if things do not change. Because of this, we realise that the current plastic-based economy poses a threat to both terrestrial/aquatic environments and the planet’s climate as a whole. Action on plastic collection is critical and our organisation strives to play a role by promoting CDL (container deposit legislation) and community collection activities to minimise plastic waste and encourage re-use.
Across the world plastic is one of the greatest threats to marine environments. It is projected that the quantity of ocean-bound plastic will match a third of the entire fish population’s weight by 2025. If nothing changes, by 2050 the combined weight of all ocean plastic will surpass fish entirely. The abundance of plastic in our oceans also compounds the struggles that coral reefs face, as it attracts heavy amounts of bacteria that sicken and harm coral, negatively impacting reef ecologies. The lack of degradation in plastic waste also proves to be problematic, as these products will persist and continue to cause harm unless we directly intervene through collection efforts. The MPS team has witnessed firsthand how problematic ocean-bound plastic is for our ecosystems, which has strengthened our commitment to resolving the presence of plastic waste in the world's oceans.
The environmental impact of plastic also negatively impacts the terrestrial environment. Poorly managed plastic waste on terrestrial environments is another prevailing issue. The existence of microplastics and their associated chemicals within the air and ground is harmful to soil, sediment and living creatures including ourselves. The full extent of the damage these microplastics can cause is still being understood by scientific communities, but it has been found that they are easily capable of travelling by wind into communities all around the world. Excessive plastic waste is also a major issue for SIDS (Small Island Developing States) that are often reliant on tourism to support their economy, as it compromises the appeal and health of their natural environment.