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We are a social enterprise

For our public benefit project, Wastebase, we're crowdfunding from people and organisations that want to reduce plastic waste.

You can make a one-off donation on our crowdfunding page, or pledge your support with a monthly donation on our Start Some Good page. From just $5, you can help our partners collect, scan and record plastic bottles in Wastebase. Each scan not only removes plastic waste from the environment, but adds vital data to our free Wastebase platform. Every bit of data you support can be used by a global network of people and organisations to reduce plastic waste entering our oceans.

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Watch this short video to find out about how we're using data to reduce plastic waste.

How your support makes a difference

By supporting Wastebase, you can help us use data to make big differences. Here are some examples:

At a local level (for example, in a city):

One of our partners, Repensar Environmental Cooperative, carries out regular clean ups in Maputo, Mozambique, a city famed for its sandy beaches. They collected data about the waste they picked up, then took it to the city’s municipal waste authority. By showing them where most of the waste collected (around local beauty spots), they convinced the waste authority to change the routes for their waste collection trucks, to prevent this waste from ending up in the city’s waterways.

At a national level:

Many countries in Africa face huge, systemic challenges with managing waste. These are often driven by rapid growth in consumerism alongside economic growth. Municipal authorities struggle to find effective ways to manage the sheer volume of waste produced. Working with partners at a country level, we can help municipal authorities to make more informed and sustainable decisions about how to collect and process waste. In March 2022, we worked with the Global Green Growth Initative (GGGI) to launch Wastebase as an official plastic monitoring platform in Rwanda, though an initiative supported by the national Environmental Management Agency (REMA).

At a global level:

Data is more powerful when there is lots of it. Wastebase connects data about plastic waste to make it more credible. People and organisations who want to reduce plastic waste can use our data to demonstrate the problem to industry and government decision-makers, and make a stronger case for change. We recently spoke at the Let’s Do It World Clean Conference, are associate members of Break Free from Plastic and members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance, and are in discussions with research institutions in North America and Europe about how they can use our data.

We won’t let plastic producers hide behind a lack of data. We’ll show them exactly where their products end up. This map shows where we found bottles (in red) linked to where manufacturers are based (in blue). See the live map at

How we use your donations

Your donations will directly support the collection and recording of a specific number of bottles, depending on how much your are able to contribute. For regular supporters, our system matches your monthly donations to specific data collections, so we can tell you exactly where your support is going.

Your donation is allocated as follows:

  • Wastebase Data Partner 63.5%*

The majority of your donation supports local collection and data enrichment. This is about 4 US cents per scan. It covers: direct costs to our NGO partners (such as transportation, mobile data, refreshments) as well as supplementary activities (such as research about products and brands, validation of data in the Wastebase portal, and communication with stakeholders).

  • Ltd 23.8%*

Our company receives 2 US Cents per scan. This covers: platform hosting and data transfer costs, system maintenance and development, training and support to partner NGOs.

  • Admin and transaction fees 12.5%*

This includes the fees for our crowdfunding platforms (Chuffed and StartSomeGood), payment processing (Stripe) fee, our bank's fee for receiving donations, fees for transferring funds to our partner NGOs, and currency conversion fees.

*approximate, based on a regular donation of $100 per month for 1250 scans through StartSomeGood.