In March 2017 in Bangkok, Dr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT); Mr. Supattanapong Punmeechaow, President & Chief Executive Officer of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTGC); and Mr. Javier Goyeneche, Founder and CEO of the ECOALF Foundation, together launched the “Upcycling The Oceans, Thailand” project. It aims to tackle the problem of marine plastic waste in Thailand’s coastal and island tourist areas by reducing the amount of waste in the seas around Thailand and rehabilitate shoreline areas currently covered with debris. PTTGC is a member of the Global Plastics Alliance through the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
The project was designed to take ocean plastics and recycle it into new products, which is in line with PTTGC’s sustainable management practices. The ‘Upcycling The Oceans, Thailand’ project will raise awareness of and engagement in conservation of the sea and coastline among communities, tourists, and local business operators.
In January 2018 it was announced that the Upcycling the Ocean program would expand to Phuket.