How does OceanHero work?
Advertisers pay us whenever you click on their ads
This allows us to pay for
the collection of
On average for 17 tabs, we can pay a person to return the equivalent of one plastic bottle
Where does all the plastic in the ocean come from?
The main source is people living in extreme poverty.
Most of the plastic originates in just six countries. In all six of them, a large part of the population lives in extreme poverty and near rivers or oceans.
When living under harsh conditions, proper recycling is not among your top priorities.
Most poverty-stricken areas have no functioning waste collection system. As waste plastic has no value to the people living there, they dispose of it in the environment — very often into rivers or oceans.
By giving waste plastic a value and building a collection infrastructure, we tackle the root cause of plastic pollution.
To people living on less than USD 1 a day, plastic then becomes a valuable resource. Once a value is attached to it, it becomes worthwhile for people to collect and return it.
OceanHero, together with PlasticBank, pays people in need to recover ocean-bound plastic.
At our partner's many collection hubs in Indonesia, Haiti, and the Philippines, collectors can now hand in plastic for money. Brazil will shortly be added to the list.
At these plastic collection hubs, as we call them, over 4,300 collectors are now exchanging plastic for money or school tuition or sanitation.
The plastic they bring is weighted and paid for by the pound. Collecting plastic is a viable means of earning a living, for people in countries with extreme poverty.