SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT / ACCESSWIRE / November 11, 2022 / This morning at the Climate Action Innovation Zone, Florencio Cuétara, CEO of US sustainable technologies company Okeanos, and Ecuador’s Minister of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition Gustavo Manrique signed a memorandum of understanding to continue cooperation to mitigate the effects of climate change in Ecuador .
Okeanos’ signature technology, Made From Stone, reduces total plastic content and CO2 emissions from everyday objects by reducing sources by replacing most of the polyolefin plastic with the naturally occurring, renewable mineral calcium carbonate.
Okeanos will work with the Ministry of Environment to integrate the technology into the Ecuadorian market by promoting the use of alternative materials that can impact both carbon footprint and plastic content, as well as joint communication on the benefits of Made-From-Stone -technology and the promotion and facilitation of research programs and projects that do not affect food sovereignty.
“There is only so much the private sector can do about plastic pollution without the help of forward-thinking lawmakers. We need to join forces with environment ministries like Ecuador who understand the need to think outside the box and embrace the use of alternative materials such as calcium carbonate. With partners like Ecuador committed to these new solutions, we can start working together today to create a to ensure a cleaner future,” explains Florencio Cuétara, CEO of Okeanos.
Ecuador’s incredibly diverse geographical landscape is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with dry and tropical forests, melting glaciers at higher elevations and impacts on the famous Galapagos Islands. As part of the state law to rationalize, reuse and reduce single-use plastics, the minister is taking proactive steps to secure public-private partnerships like this one. With Made From Stone technology, Okeanos can also support the country’s plans for decarbonization.
“We have created a linear economic system in which we use natural resources as if they were infinite. We are constantly borrowing from nature and the worst part is that we don’t give things back. Technologies like that of Okeanos (can be replaced by Made From Stone) has evolved within this economic system as a way to save the planet and use other natural renewable materials as a formula to solve global challenges. In these circumstances, public-private alliances become very important because it has been shown that we need the private sector to find solutions to local and global challenges that we could not solve on our own,” says Minister Gustavo Manrique.
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