In May 2022 we established the first Moken owned community Enterprise: Moken Ocean Guardians. The aim of the enterprise is to reduce ocean bound plastics and provide much needed cultural and economic support for the Moken people of southern Thailand.
The Moken have always lived from the bounty of the sea but modern pollution and overfishing are causing declining fish stocks and increasing plastic waste. Observing the state of their beloved sea, the Moken started their Surin-Plastic-Free-Bays initiative in 2020, to collect ocean plastics at the remote bays. Hook and Lena have taken on the role as Moken Ambassadors (see Houseboat Revival) and connected this initiative to Ranong Recycle for Environment Social Enterprise (RRE) and #tide ocean material.
Over 10 tons of plastics have since been removed from the Surin islands. For proper recycling, the island plastics travel 5 hours by longtail boat to the Kuraburi harbor. A truck awaits the load for further transfer to RRE. There, bales are created that are sent to #tide in Bangkok for recycling. Due to the difficulty in logistics to schedule the boats with a truck, it became clear that a storage was needed closer to the mainland.