UPGYRES | Plastic-Free Oceans

Upcycle the Gyres


On a mission to make the ocean a plastic-free zone.


About Our Organization

UpGyres will be instrumental in the design, construction, and operation of new equipment and technology to harvest oceanic plastic and Floating Eco Research-Upcycling Facilities to transform plastic waste into resource and revenue streams at high seas.

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UpGyres informs industries, businesses, schools, governments, communities and individuals that plastic is too valuable to waste and that it does not belong in the ocean.

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UpGyres and its partners are at the research and development stage for recovering waste microfibres from washing machine effluent. We support the banning of microplastics as ingredient in consumer products.

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In 2013, UpGyres' partners cleaned up over two tonnes of marine plastic from the shorelines of Northern Vancouver Island. We used 200 kilos as feedstock to convert into crude plastioil.

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    watreco is a privately owned, market driven Research and Innovation Company based in Malmo Sweden. With an innovative and sustainable Biomimetic approach under the principle "from Nature to Industry", watreco develops and sells energy efficient products and systems for water treatment to the global market. watreco’s solutions are based on the patented Vortex Generator and the technology platform VPT - Vortex Process Technology, borrowing its working principle from the natural flow of water. Learn more on their website

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    Octo23 is an international innovation consulting firm focused on the development of new technologies in clean energy, clean water, ocean conservation, and robotics. Octo23 develops elegant solutions to difficult problems. The firm's broad expertise works on a range of projects from: as "low-tech" as a two cent temperature indicator for solar water disinfection (SoDIS), to as "high-tech," as a 3D Modular Electronics system that allows users to customize their own electronic devices, like “Electronic LEGOs”; the world’s first demonstrated non-turbine wind energy generator; the MicroBelt™ capable of harvesting milli-Watts of power, enough to power a wireless sensor and, a light based underwater voice communication system for SCUBA divers and snorkelers. Octo23 specializes in "Getting something big out of something small". Learn more on their website

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    free d graphics

    Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) and 3D EXPERIENCE Industry Solutions i.e. such as for the Marine & Offshore Industries. Engineering software shall be more than just a set of tools for different tasks along the PLM chain today. free d graphics provides its clients with concepts and solutions that create a seamless engineering experience in order to significantly increase efficiency from the early concept phase to the digital manufacturing of their product. Learn more on their website.

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    Ethical Markets Media

    Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) is a global multi-media social enterprise with the mission of reforming markets and metrics while helping accelerate and track the transition to the green economy worldwide with our Green Transition Scoreboard®, our Principles Of Ethical Biomimicry Finance™, our Transforming Finance TV Series and our research and daily news at www.ethicalmarkets.com Learn more on their website.

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    Recycling Alternative

    Recycling Alternative were and remain the first commercial fleet using high blends of Biodiesel. Recycling Alternative has been running its trucks on recycled biodiesel and managing the Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op since 2003. Recycling Alternative is proud to be among over 200 early adopter, co-op members, who are committed to lowering their emissions by filling up with this alternative fuel. Recycling Alternative has committed their support to help UpGyres develop opportunities to incorporate fuel derived from plastic waste in the Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op supply model and their commercial fleet usage. Learn more on their website.

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    Living Oceans Society

    Living Oceans Society (LOS) has been a leader in the effort to protect Canada’s Pacific coast since they formed in 1998. The Society is based in Sointula, a small fishing village part of the historic and present territory of the 'Namgis First Nation on the Central Coast of British Columbia. The group’s influence is national; they are the largest organization in Canada focusing exclusively on marine conservation. Living Oceans Society advocates for oceans that are managed for the common good according to science-based policies that consider ecosystems in their entirety. Between June and September 2013 LOS provided Upcycle the Gyres Society with 210kg of plastic collected off the coast and beaches of Vancouver Island as part of the Living Oceans Society tsunami debris cleanup effort. Learn more on their website.

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    365Playground Management

    In cooperation with its partners, including Upcycle the Gyres Society, 365Playground Management supports People and Planet with actions towards clean oceans & renewable resources. With a global presence and award-winning results, 365Playground offers clients tailor-made hospitality solutions. 365Playground specializes in pre-opening, product & brand development, operational or asset management to independent owners and international management companies trying to achieve niche and unique goals. Dedicated to innovation as well as social & environmental responsibility, 365Playground focuses on tourism, hotel, resort, spa, residential, sports club and educational projects worldwide. Mr. Martin Michalik, Founder and Managing Director of 365Playground is a Member of the UpGyres Board of Directors, representing the Society and helping it develop a network of support within the hospitality and tourism industry internationally. Learn more on their website.

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    Ecoalf is looking for a new generation of conscious consumers who are not willing to reject their aesthetic values. They create objects that make your life more enjoyable without damaging our relationship with nature. And they do it by erasing part of the ecological footprint that is fouling the world. ECOALF wants to share with you its passion for beautiful, useful products that clean up the planet. Help them take the concept of trash into the future. Learn more on their website.

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    Leisure Activist Group

    Leisure Activist Group is an exciting new caused based brand, producing quality lifestyle clothing. Utilizing various waste materials for their raw product, specializing in recycled PET bottles (rPET). That means for every piece of clothing you buy, we have less plastic waste polluting our oceans. Leisure Activist Group’s goal is to implement waste management systems in each island nation we visit. Learn more on their website.

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    Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle, Inc. began producing organic fertilizer by packaging liquified “worm poop” in used soda bottles. Since the inauspicious start, TerraCycle has become one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world. Learn more on their website.

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    Innovasians’ business is a technology driven company applying the new and sustainable technologies in the development and manufacturing of a full range of eco lifestyle products including textile products and garments. Learn more on their website.

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    Plastic Oceans Foundation

    Plastic pollution in our oceans has become a global catastrophe. In the past 10 years, we have produced more plastic than in the 100 years before that. The impact on wildlife, the environment, and human health is only now becoming clear. Dedicated to raising awareness on issues stemming from marine plastic, Plastic Oceans Foundation emphasizes the interaction between humans and the ocean. By 2020, we aim to transform how consumers, governments, and businesses view, use, and dispose of plastic. Plastic Oceans Foundation (POF) is developing a portfolio of film and media, exhibitions, performances, and experiences to raise awareness, educate, and engage audiences across the globe. Learn more on their website.

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