Earths Oceans: Restore Belize
Body Glove and Jean Michel Cousteau are proud to help Earth’s Oceans Project to create a Trash Management and Plastic Recycling Solution for the country of Belize.
Belize is an endangered World Heritage site consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cayes, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries.
The system’s seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species, including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile. And importantly, the families who live there among the waste.
The same families who bring their plastics in for recycling come back and enjoy the fruits of their labor in the community educational center and retail store. This will also be a tourist destination modeled after the Sea Lab Conservation Center in Redondo Beach and Roundhouse Aquarium.
Earths Oceans Project is headed by film industry veterans Charlie Croughwell and Mark Kubr as well as Charisse Kubr and Vivian Yu. Vivian and her husband Jeff own Rojo Beach Bar and Casa Azul Resort in Belize and know firsthand the importance of this project.
Goal: To open an incentive based self sustaining plastics recycling facility that will pay community members to pick up plastic then recycle it into useful products for community development and educational programs.
Objective: The Earths Oceans Ambergris Caye Recycling and Community Center will be the first plastics recycling facility in the country of Belize and a model for other islands in Belize and other nations.
Problem: In this natural wonder, the children run along bridges of trash on their way to school. There is no trash can, no recycling program. The amount of plastic waste is alarming in a tourist destination known for its beauty.
Solution: A small building fits into the family-centered environmentally low impact community. The store front receives the plastics and pays by the cents per pound. It is then processed by a small workforce and shredded: the first stage of recycling. The recycled plastic is turned into useful products to be sold to sustain the program.