The heart of Oceaneleen: development, technology, social programs, innovations, education days.
The Saharro program within Oceaneleen develops innovations, technology and practical, low cost solutions - ranging from individual through community, Government and United Nations levels – to combat the litter situation.
Work already undertaken by Saharro has produced the Wonnikka program - work with the shipping industry to prevent vessels disposing of rubbish overboard at sea. Some other examples of Saharro work are:
Community and school education programs
Saharro community clean-up programs will be conducted by Oceaneleen Ground Team staff.
These will involve organising a visit with the local community groups and picking up rubbish in the streets and park areas, give people back their town by designating people in each street to be responsible for their streets litter. There are social-programs encouraging people to get fit picking up rubbish from the streets, reducing obesity problems with the exercise.
The Oceaneleen Ground teams will also visit schools. This will involve organsing visits with schools or class years to discuss the problem of litter in our world and the consequences of our actions.
The presentation work will not just be about Aceson and Oceaneleen but pass on life skills or empathy, conciousness and a sense of belonging attached to our habitat and nature.
Saharro will look to remove negative aspects of litter removal with its small media budget.
Presently picking up litter is often equated with the down and out, far from the positive, assertive and responsible action which it actually is. Saharro will implement strategies like assigning areas for volunteers to look after.
With the small advertising budget and potential use of community advertising, it will use various techniques to change peoples attitude toward litter. We see rubbish as someone else's problem, when this is our world: ignoring litter is akin to accepting it.
Adverts will feature top models and celebraties removing litter to create an example to the community to follow.
Saharro also looks at ways to reuse litter in practical, profitable ways.
One of the best developed so far is using rubbish in the building industry as low cost building materials. These recycled goods can be used in place or in competition with polystyrene blocks for example when building to save concrete, actual wall materials for houses, both interior and exterior, instead of plaster boards use a plastics sandwich and so on. Environmentally this means rubbish cleaned from the Ocean and pressure is taken from the wood chip industry.
Reusing materials for things such as materials is a simple matter of preparation. Polystyrenes, Plastics and foils - the bulk of all rubbish - can be sterilised, shredded then glued for use as low cost building materials. This can either be used outright or used as fill, with a new laminate on the exterior surfaces.
This initial innovation lead to other advanced techniques for recycling. Replacing chipboards with clean waste is similar to recycling waste water for human consumption. Panels can be fabricated by heat melding, reducing the requirement for glues, lowering the cost and increasing strength. Such things can be used for office and home furniture.
The net effect of this recycling is a larger reduction in needless waste of forestry assets under severe pressure. The amount of plastics available for the technologies will reduce deforestation, because it will be cheaper to use plastics and there will be no profit in cutting down rainforests. The effort reduces carbon because it is cheaper to obtain and use recycled plastics than extract timber from a remote area and process it. The expanded plastic recycling industry will assist the forestry industry become more sustainable. Wood chipping firms need only invest in this new infrastructure to maintain markets and its profits.