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Fortuna Coconut Coolers

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Expanded polystyrene is widely used as an insulator for food transport; in SE Asia, with its huge fish trade, several hundred million boxes are produced, sold and discarded every year. In the Philippines, studies show that about a third of this waste plastic reaches the ocean. The Coconut Cooler is the first cold storage product of its kind made from discarded coconut husks that can compete with expanded polystyrene coolers on both low price and high performance. Small scale seafood and produce traders will benefit from Fortuna's biodegradable long lasting coconut-based coolers.

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Fortuna Coconut Coolers
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  • Innovator Fortuna Cools, Inc.
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Nutrialgae – Novel sustainable algae-based fertilizers

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The widespread use of industrial fertilizers in agriculture has created a global pollution challenge with much of the nitrogen and phosphorus escaping into waterways and the ocean, creating coastal ‘dead zones’, including in places like Morocco and Mexico.  With support from the OIC, Ficosterra is demonstrating how sustainably harvested seaweed can be used to produce fertilizer that reduces nutrient pollution, improves crop yields, and saves farmers money. 

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NUTRIALGAE - novel sustainable algae-based fertilizers
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  • Innovator Ficosterra
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Phos-Value: Sustainable solutions for nutrient recycling

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Like many Small Island Developing States, Cape Verde faces challenges with coastal eutrophication due to nutrient releases from poorly treated wastewater.  This project is using digital technologies to help Cape Verde’s wastewater treatment sector to optimize the biological removal and recovery of nutrients, promote the safe use of treated wastewater as biofertilizer, and help reduce wastewater treatment operating costs. 

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Phos-Value: Sustainable solutions for nutrient recycling
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  • Innovator AquaInSilico Lda.
  • OIC Grant
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Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry

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A sizeable fraction of marine microplastics pollution derives from the ‘shedding’ of textiles microfibres during clothes washing. Forum for the Future is working with a major textile manufacturing firm in Southeast Asia for global brands to improve industry understanding and awareness of microfiber shedding, promote the implementation of manufacturing processes that reduce shedding, and catalyze industry action for the branding of products with low microfibre shedding properties.

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Tackling microfibres at source: Investigating opportunities to reduce microfibre pollution from the fashion industry through textile design and manufacturing innovation
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  • Innovator Forum for the Future, APAC
  • OIC Grant
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The Global Plastics Policy Inventory

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Some 5-12 million metric tons of plastics waste enter our ocean every year. A wide range of policy responses has been applied by different countries as they try to address plastics pollution.  This innovation helped to create and expand the world’s first global plastics policy tracking tool which will help stakeholders at all levels to identify and replicate best practices in plastics policy development and implementation.  The project also identified trends in plastics policy tools as a means to predict trends in plastics material flows.

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Tracking government responses: the Global Plastics Policy Inventory
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  • Innovator Duke University, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • OIC Grant
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Promoting laws to protect our oceans

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Costa Rica discards 550 tons of plastic every day and as much as 80 percent enters our coastal areas, impacting marine ecosystems and local livelihoods.  Building on existing laws, this project is supporting Costa Rica in putting in place a container deposit scheme for plastics, glass and metal; introducing tax incentives to reduce loss of fishing nets, and strengthening the regulation of cigarette disposal. 

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Promoting laws to protect our oceans, with the support of civil society and coastal communities
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  • Innovator Fundación OneSea
  • OIC Grant
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Establishment of a PET recovery and buy-back center

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To help reduce ocean plastic pollution, UNDP Comoros is helping the government of Comoros to introduce innovative financial mechanisms for plastics waste recovery, reuse, and recycling. The project will not only reduce plastics waste, but it will also create new economic opportunities for communities through the creation of plastic waste recovery and buy-back centers.

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Establishment of a PET recovery and buy-back center
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  • Innovator UNDP Country Office, Comoros
  • OIC Grant
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An EPR Scheme for plastic and packaging wastes

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Every year, the Maldives generates nearly 22,000 tons of plastic waste, and, due to poor waste management practices, as much as a third of it ends up in our coastal areas. With support from the OIC, adelphi GmbH is helping the Government of the Maldives to put in place a national Extended Producer Responsibility framework that will help the Maldives to close the loop on plastics wastes to reduce ocean pollution. 

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Developing an EPR scheme for plastic and packaging waste in the Maldives
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  • Innovator adelphi consult GmbH
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