No plastic in the Ocean
Working together to fight plastic marine plastic pollution

No Plastic in the Ocean is the One Ocean Foundation’s project aimed at combating marine pollution from plastics and microplastics. Creating awareness of the problem and at the same time a concrete impact, through collecting plastic waste from marine and coastal areas, are the dual objectives of this project which was born in a year when the correlation between our health and that of the environment hit home with clarity.

Areas of intervention are identified in developing countries where most of the plastic waste that threatens the oceans originates from. Thanks to collaborations with local partners, plastics are collected, traced and re-entered into the production cycle, favoring the development of a circular economy.

No Plastic in the Ocean will generate several initiatives over the course of the year which will allow the One Ocean Foundation and its partners to collect tons of discarded plastic.

More Miles Less Plastic

More Miles Less Plastic is an environmental initiative that One Ocean Foundation has developed and implemented for the nautical world and more specifically for sailing events. The two main objectives of this project consist in creating awareness on ocean issues while at the same time having a concrete impact through the collection of plastic waste from marine and coastal areas. The initiative is part of the project No Plastic in the Ocean that aims to fight marine pollution from plastics and microplastics. 

In specific, for every mile traveled by each participating boat during the sailing event, One Ocean Foundation commits to collect plastic from the ocean.


One Ocean Foundation, in collaboration with Sungai Watch, has installed a barrier that collects plastic waste from one of Bali’s rivers last March. The barrier has been a complete success, collecting 568 kg in just one month.

One Ocean Foundation has decided to partner up with Sungai Watch because it is a data-driven cleanup organization with the mission of protecting waterways starting in Indonesia. The company designs and deploys localized trash barriers to stop plastic pollution from entering the ocean, whilst empowering communities to take action in radically shifting how we perceive rivers by hosting mass education and socialization campaigns with the local community to prevent throw-away behavior.

The team at Sungai Watch not only cleans and maintains the barriers but also is responsible for the assortment of trash into different categories for data collection, upcycling, or recycling purposes.

"Trash barriers are the quickest and most cost effective way to eradicate plastic pollution by activating communities on land. Rivers are the perfect connection point between life on land and our ocean."

How is the waste managed?

Step 1: the trash collected is sorted and every piece of trash is sorted into 30+ different categories

Step 2: Analyze and record data

Step 3: Wash, shred and prepare trash for up-cycling

Step 4: The most valuable plastics are sent to our aggregator partners for recycling and we are experimenting with non-valuable plastics in our research lab to produce high quality plastic sheets made from plastic bags and plastic cups.

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