At Blue Future Partners, we believe that positive change starts with individuals and organizations holding themselves accountable. No matter the industry or company size, we all play a role in creating a better future. Over the past years, we started several initiatives to become more responsible investors – we launched the #ESGinVC project, developed our own ESG framework and chose to offset all our carbon emissions.
While preventative measures are crucial, we also want to use our resources to help fix already broken things. As technology investors, we are deeply inspired by mission-driven individuals and companies whose inventions solve the most pressing problems.
Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is one of the biggest environmental challenges we face today. An approximate 12.8 million tons of plastic swim in our oceans, degrading into ever smaller pieces, poisoning marine life and introducing pollutants to global food chains. With conventional methods like nets and small vessels, it would take lifetimes to even put a dent in this vast mass of plastic.
One of the organizations that has set their eyes on solving this challenge is The Ocean Cleanup. Founded in 2011 by then 16-year-old Boyan Slat from the Netherlands, their ambition is nothing short of extraordinary: they plan to clean up 90% of all ocean plastic pollution by 2040 and remove the Great Pacific Garbage Patch once and for all.
In October 2021, they reached their biggest milestone so far – they concluded a successful test campaign to achieve proof of concept for their ocean cleanup system! At the same time, they are also tackling the source of plastic pollution with The Interceptor, the first scalable system to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers.
Now it is time for The Ocean Cleanup to scale up and reach full-scale deployment. And for this ambitious scale-up, they need all the help they can get. We are really excited to support The Ocean Cleanup with a donation and can‘t wait to see them make progress!
If you are interested in supporting The Ocean Cleanup, here is their donation page: https://theoceancleanup.com/donate/
Founded in 2018 by Architect Marcella Hansch and her two partners, Everwave‘s mission is to address the root cause of plastic pollution in the world‘s oceans. Since around 80% of all plastic in the ocean comes from rivers, Everwave has set their focus on preventing plastic from getting into the open seas.
Over the past three years, they worked on developing a river cleaning technology that is as self-sufficient as possible, efficiently separates plastic from organic life, is easy to maintain and adapts to different ecosystems. The result is CollectiX, a garbage collection boat that can remove up to 20 tons of plastic per day.
In 2020, CollectiX had its first successful mission, fishing around 72,400kg out of the Ružín dam in Slovenia. In 2021, Everwave continue to prove the success of its river cleaning system with missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and on the Danube in Serbia. Now they are in the midst of scouting suitable locations for further assignments.
And the boats do a lot more than collect garbage. Each boat is accompanied by a drone that detects garbage hotspots. The boats themselves come with sensors that use artificial intelligence to analyze the garbage and provide important data on what makes up the plastic waste.
We are very happy to play a small role in their mission and wish Everwave all the best for the future!
If you are interested in supporting Everwave, here is their donation page: https://everwave.de/en/participate/