It was such a great opportunity that Our Ocean Conference (OOC) 2018 was held in Bali, Indonesia, on 29 - 30 October 2018. Numerous Indonesian institutions, NGOs, private sectors, professionals, and passionate individuals, participated and connected with different parties from all over the world to agree on one commitment to end plastic pollutions for healthier  oceans.

Evoware was invited by different institutions to share its story and experience at the conference. On the first day, we joined the “New Plastic Economy” discussion panel as the winner of the Circular Design Challenge competition. It has been a great opportunity to share our innovation to the audience, and how grants and financial support from like-minded institutions are helping us to grow strategically.

On the second day, we were invited by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to talk on the stage of the “Youth Voices” session along with other youth-led inspirational organizations such as Bye Bye Plastic Bag and Sustainable Ocean Alliance. It was such an honor to represent the youths, and inspire them at the same time to do something for the oceans.

Aside from that, we were also supported by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs to showcase our products for the exhibition along with Pure Eco Bag (bioplastic made from cassava); a fantastic opportunity to share Indonesia’s innovations to the world. It was a humbling moment when Indonesian President, Mr. Joko Widodo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, took the time to visit our booth and discussed how our innovations can be a solution for global plastic waste issue.

On this conference, Evoware made the commitment to replace 21,714 tons of plastic waste, reduce 110,216 tons of CO2 from seaweed cultivation, increase 346 farmers’ income by 2.1 times, and provide extra jobs for 728 people by 2020. To achieve these ambitious objectives, we are expanding our product range to provide more alternative plastic material for different products.

This event and the many meaningful connections we made there, helped us to reconnect with our “Why” (why we do what we do), and empower all of us to keep working and creating ECOlutions; to protect  a world that can no longer tolerate and handle more plastic waste. We are 100% committed to the conference tagline “Our Ocean, Our Legacy”! Special thanks to all our sponsors and supporters, and…. see you at Our Ocean 2019!