Children are natural problem solvers. They believe that any problem can be solved, as they are unaware of the hurdles of the politics and process that adults accept as natural barriers to progress.
We’ve seen this first hand via our direct interaction with schools and youth community organizations throughout the globe. It’s that youthful creativity, innovation, and fearlessness that inspires us every day and that is the driving force behind a new project that we are excited to announce here for the first time.
It’s inspiring to once again have witnessed the power of the people successfully working for a common cause. In this case, for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2018, which took place on September 15.
What started over 30 years ago, with just two individuals and their idea to bring people together with the common goal of removing trash from our beaches, has turned into a true global movement.
Today’s guest blog is from Héctor Loyola, co-founder of Qactus and communications director.
Qactus is a company that merges two worlds as never before: plastic waste and 3D printing technology.
3D printing came to shake up the way things are produced and bought, since it allows to manufacture objects locally, in a customized way and at low costs. Its 25% annual growth indicates that it will be one of the main technologies in the near future and an important source of opportunities for industries as distant as health, fashion or food.
We are delighted to see Christine Wong’s #PlasticFreeFoodie project continuing on. Volume 2 of her highly popular publication features 60 mouthwatering recipes from 50 inspirational food Instagrammers – all made from ingredients free of plastic packaging and accompanied by photography that is as much art as the culinary creations themselves.
Without further adieu, we offer up the official foreword for Volume 2, as written by our Global Executive Director Julie Andersen:
Esta semana invitamos a los chicos de Qactus a escribir un blog sobre su trabajo!
La impresión 3D llegó a revolucionar la forma en que se producen y compran las cosas, puesto que permite fabricar objetos de manera local, personalizada y a bajo costo. El 25% de crecimiento anual que se mantendrá hasta el año 2023 indica que será una de las tecnologías protagonistas del futuro cercano y una importante fuente de oportunidades para industrias tan distantes como la salud, la moda o los alimentos.
Plastic Oceans Chile has been busy this month! The biggest news is that they managed to finalize the process of being recognized officially as a foundation in Chile this week. This will help them apply for government funds, donations and to begin a variety of collaborations with other organizations.
The Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) recently partnered with the Plastic Oceans Foundation (Plastic Oceans) to organize a rally and lobbying effort for a single-use plastic straw ban in Santa Monica, California.
The rain came quickly and without warning. The umbrella was useless against the force of the downpour. The streets quickly flooded and cars sprayed the sidewalk with water. It took just minutes to be soaked from head to foot. I considered turning back to the hotel, but I was already half-way to the cinema and 300 people were waiting. My hosts at the Asian Development Bank were calling.