‘Pahlawan Sampah’ Trash Heroes

It has been a tough challenge to get organisations on board with our recycling programme. At every place we visit, whether it is schools, government offices, shops, resorts, hotels or homes, we offer the same, free, pick-up service. We are also happy to train staff on how to sort their […]

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We’re Only Making A Dent, But Boy Does It Feel Good!

The ocean is an integral part the lives of the people in the Mentawai Islands, they depend on it for their livelihood. The location of our Centre, being so close to the beach, means we have the opportunity to try and clear up plastic waste from the ocean that has […]

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Updates From the Collaboration Centre March 2018

We recently had a community beach clean and outdoor cinema event. Below is a pie chart of the beach waste we picked up from the clean. Of this plastic waste, we are able to recycle the plastic bottles, plastic cups and plastic lids, which equates to around 40%. The rest is sadly burnt. Chance […]

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Adidas Sold 1 Million Shoes Made of Ocean Plastic Last Year

Apparently people want products that are good for the environment — that’s the takeaway from the Adidas ocean plastic product line. The clothing brand sold 1 million of its UltraBoost running shoes made from plastic recovered from the oceans last year, selling out of its product line and potentially setting […]

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Taiwan Announces Ban on All Plastic Bags, Straws, and Utensils

All single-use plastic must be phased out by 2030. Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that will change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups, according to the […]

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Breakdown Of Plastic Waste From Our Community Beach Clean

We recently had a community beach clean and outdoor cinema event. Below is a pie chart of the beach waste we picked up from the clean. Of this plastic waste, we are able to recycle the plastic bottles, plastic cups and plastic lids, which equates to around 40%. The rest […]

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Inside Indonesia’s Most Notorious Fish Markets, Tanjung Luar

Warning: Graphic Content At a small fishing village in Lombok is one of Indonesia’s most notorious fish markets – Tanjung Luar. Here sharks are the target species. Surprisingly, Indonesia is the largest shark catching nation in the world. There are many problems faced in the protection of endangered species, but […]

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The Plastic Straw And How It Is Killing Our Oceans

Here’s a cold hard fact… Every single plastic straw you have ever used in your life is still on this planet now! Plastic is not biodegradable. That straw you had in your cocktail, the ones you gave out at parties, weddings, events – that straw – it’s still here somewhere. […]

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Changing Mindset Proving To Be The Greatest Challenge

It has been a busy few weeks for our Environmental Programme. Awera Resort have continued their support with our programmes. It was good to sit down more informally with their staff and chat about some of the environmental issues that the Mentawai Islands faces. Aimar and Mikael, the owners, say […]

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Online Surf Travel Auction w Prizes Valued at Over 12k

North Sipora in the Mentawai Islands covers an area of 383km2, 192km2 of which is still forested. It supports a population of just over 12,000, the most populated region in the Mentawai Islands living in a total of 29 villages. There is currently no plastic waste management system in place […]

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Introducing Our New Team Members Rani & Josie

We’ve had two new staff members join the team this year, and both Rani and Josie are proving they are a valuable asset to the team and community. Due to the popularity of our environmental programs, Rani is assisting Tom and Karen in delivering these to the local schools and […]

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#GivingTuesday – International Day of Generosity is here!

#GivingTuesday is celebrated world-wide as a day to support for-social change organisations connecting individuals, communities and organisations around the world for one common purpose – to celebrate and encourage giving!! The global movement encourages everyone to donate time, money or their voice to help a good cause. Thanks to generous […]

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Gavan and Sally Clark’s Raw Immersion Experience

Amazing, awesome and inspirational would be the best words I could use to describe our recent trip to A Perfect Foundation’s Education and Environment Centre in Mappadegat, Mentawai. We chose this trip from a number of trips offered at the annual Perfect Foundation charity auction as we had a particular […]

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Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean!

It never ceases to amaze me the enthusiasm and dedication our Project Coordinators put into running the Education and Environmental Centre. Tom and Karen are an amazing team and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their ongoing support and commitment. For the past two months we have had […]

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14 Year Old Harry Traucki Experiences Raw Immersion

I think personally for me and my dad to be able to go over to Indonesia and meet a wonderful community of local people and help out at A Perfect Foundation school, as well as do all the amazing things that we did over there is really a once in […]

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Families That Play Together Stay Together

As a surfer, you have either been visiting the Mentawai Islands for years, or it’s on the wish list to do with a group of mates! But why should your partner and children have to miss out on visiting this amazing exotic paradise just because they don’t surf? Well, times […]

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Thanks For Your Support From A Perfect Foundation!

For the second year running, our village community of Mapadegat has hosted the Mentawai Cultural Festival. This 5 day festival provides us with a great opportunity to spread the word on our Environmental Programme and raise awareness on the dangers of plastic pollution. With this in mind we booked in […]

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Would You Sacrifice Just One Coffee a Week?

Water is a fundamental human need. Each person on Earth requires at least 20 to 50 liters of clean, safe water a day for drinking, cooking, and simply keeping themselves clean.     Much of the world’s water supply is contaminated by natural or human causes like untreated waste, plastics, […]

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