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How does OceanHero work?

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Advertisers pay us whenever you click on their ads

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This allows us to pay for
the collection of
ocean-bound plastic

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On average for 17 tabs, we can pay a person to return the equivalent of one plastic bottle

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Where does all the plastic in the ocean come from?

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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.

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ABOUT
THE CONCEPT

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Some frequently asked questions

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How do you earn money?

We earn money by showing ads. We show a few links on your new tab page. Whenever you use those links, we receive a small share of the revenue.

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Why are you doing this?

The problem of plastic pollution is not getting better. Every year, our plastic production grows by 3%. At present, there are no effective ways of keeping plastic out of the ocean.

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How much plastic does one tab recover?

On average every 17 tabs, one ocean-bound plastic bottle can be recovered.

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