What is your mission?
Our mission is to stop ocean plastic while creating income opportunities for the communities that collect it.
Why isn’t F.P.R a Non-Profit?
F.P.R is a purpose-driven business founded to stop to the ocean plastic crisis and create income opportunities for underserviced communities. We’re not a nonprofit, which makes us different from many other environmentally-focused companies.
We needed to find a way to build recycling infrastructure, pay community members, waste collectors and recycling operators to ensure our operations are effectively preventing plastic from entering the oceans, which is why we have chosen our business model. We think that it is unfeasible for us to achieve our mission asking for donations and grants. Instead, we believe that building a successful brand that can grow quickly will be the most effective way to pay our workers, fund waste collection and recycling, and spread the word about the ocean plastic crisis. We work together with local non-profit organisations in Indonesia that have extensive experience and deep rooted connections with the communities we work with to ensure our recycling programs last.
This is why we developed the belt. Each comes with a pledged to prevent 10 kgs of plastic before it enters the oceans. The money generated through our products is used to scale our waste and recycling operations, make donations to waste-related NGOs we believe in, and build an organisation that supports our mission.
Is there enough plastic to collect?
Unfortunately the world produces way too much plastic waste and most of it ends up in the environment. It will take many years to solve this issue since plastic does not biodegrade. The world's second largest contributor to ocean plastic is Indonesia.
A growing middle class, increasing plastic consumption and little waste infrastructure in many developing regions means that ocean plastic input is expected to increase from one truck per minute to four trucks per minute by 2060. There are 22million kgs of plastic flowing into our ocean every day.
How much plastic collection does one F.P.R Belt fund?
For every belt sold we pledge to prevent 10 kgs of plastic from going into the oceans. That’s the equivalent to 50,000 of plastic bags. Communities and waste pickers trade plastic for money, healthcare and school fees.
For over 10 years, Erik Sumarkho and Zulfikar have being working in the frontline of ocean plastic pollution in Asia. Together with local communities and NGOs we have developed a collection network that allows people in coastal communities of Indonesia to exchange plastic waste for money, school fees and healthcare.
How are funds used?
All funds are used to build our Waste Bank Collection Network and Recycling Infrastructure in Indonesia. Community members and waste pickers get financially rewarded to sort, collect, deposit and exchange plastic. We want to grow this to a global team of millions of communities and plastic pickers, and increase awareness on solving the issue by tackling the root of the problem.
What do you do with the rescued ocean-bound plastic?
All the plastic waste collected is transported to a central facility where it is carefully sorted, treated and recycled. Waste that can't recycle is stored while we evaluate our processing options which most likely includes turning it into energy.
What materials is the belt made from?
GRS certified recycled polyester webbing.
Where are F.P.R Belts manufactured?
The F.P.R Belt was designed by design firm Vert from Australia. The belts are made in Dongguan, China via a factory that went through a rigorous vetting process and who are currently certified by third-party certifier Textile Exchange as Global Recycled Standard (GRS). We envision to make the belts in Indonesia where our recycling program exists, but need to work with local manufacturers to develop the technology and certification standards to develop high-quality and durable webbing from recycled polyester to manufacture our belts.
Why aren't the F.P.R Belts made from the plastic waste collected from Indonesia?
After an extensive research process searching for a suitable manufacturer, the team found that there is no organisation in Indonesia able to create high-quality and durable webbing belts made from recycled polyester.
The strategic priority of our impact operations is to prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean and create income opportunities for coastal communities in Indonesia. Not all plastic waste is suitable for making the F.P.R Belts.
We will endeavour to make the belts from the collected plastic waste from our impact operations in Indonesia. First, we need to create the plastic waste collection program and work with local manufacturers to develop the technical capabilities to make our products in Indonesia.