Esse has partnered with Cleanhub, working together to proactively collect plastic waste in developing countries before it can pollute the ocean.
The ocean is vital for the existence of all living beings. It covers over 70% of our planet's surface and has a significant impact on our climate and food systems. However, the alarming reality is that millions of tons of plastic find their way into the ocean every year, causing severe harm to marine ecosystems.
Shockingly, 91% of plastic worldwide is not recycled. Single-use plastics like plastic bags, candy wrappers, water bottles, and food containers often end up in waterways that ultimately lead to the ocean.
Esse is already carbon neutral and has taken additional measures to protect the ocean by becoming plastic neutral. They carefully calculate their plastic usage and ensure that an equivalent amount is collected and recycled. This initiative also empowers local communities in developing countries to establish their own collection businesses.
Cleanhub has an ever-expanding network of collection partners in India and Indonesia. These partners range from women self-help groups conducting door-to-door collection to surf camps dedicated to cleaning up their beaches, as well as high-tech interventions in some of the world's most polluted rivers. All of these efforts contribute to the shared goal of creating a plastic-free environment.
Through a digital platform, collectors gain access to a network of treatment and recycling companies. Currently, Cleanhub has the capacity to process 15 million tonnes of plastic waste from more than 70 countries.
Esse remains deeply committed to safeguarding our ocean, and this commitment is evident in every product they sell.