Thailand has joined a European initiative aimed at clearing plastic from oceans around the world, making it the first Asian country to join the project.
Preliminary efforts will see work focused in the most tourist-friendly areas of the nation which includes Koh Samet, Koh Samui, Hot Tao and Phuket.
The project called Upcycling the Oceans is based in Spain focuses on teaching fisherman to remove plastic from the oceans while they are out working.
The plastic items they collect will then be recycled into products that will be sold to fund the initiative.
The project which began in 2012 estimates that so far 70 million plastic bottles have been removed from the sea and recycled.
The project began in Thailand this month saw over half a ton of plastic waste removed from the ocean in five hours in Koh Samet, mostly plastic bottles and old discarded plastic fishing nets.
The project is expected to last three years with the first year focused on collecting the plastic from the oceans and the second year focused on recycling the waste into items for sale.
The project is said to be aimed at promoting sustainable tourism as well as anti-littering ideals.
Source : Coconuts
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