We want to take active action against marine pollution. In Indonesia and in the mind of each individual, because: The western world also has a large share in the pollution of our oceans! Every product helps to finance research, education and cleanups in Indonesia, and we have a lot of plans in this area as well.
Every year, 8 million tons of garbage end up in the sea. Recycling alone is not enough to stop this unbelievable mass of waste from increasing even further. In our opinion, the only solution is to avoid plastic.
MMF is conducting on-site research to determine the extent of plastic and microplastic pollution already present in the feeding grounds of manta rays and is taking a close look at the current situation in the laboratory. Isn’t it frightening what manta rays or whale sharks inevitably have to ingest in plastic particles per hour?
By the way, on our blog we regularly show insights into what is happening in Indonesia and give tips on how easy it is to do without plastic in everyday life.
Especially during the time of the pandemic, the research site on the small island of Nusa Lembongan (Bali, Indonesia) was in a real fix. All companies in the tourism industry, which normally cross-finance NGOs, have since been struggling for sheer survival themselves. It’s crazy that our small community project from Munich has been able to cover virtually all the costs over the last two years, thus guaranteeing the continuation of operations. We are extremely proud that all of Mantahari’s customers are so supportive and continue to stand behind the vision and mission.
We are in constant exchange with the team on site:
Ellie is a Senior Scientist and our primary contact in Indonesia. The Canadian wrote her doctoral thesis on microplastics in connection with filter feeders and is an absolute expert in this field. We are super happy that with Ellie we had the right person on our side from the beginning.
The story with Janis and us is special. We have only been able to make it possible that the young talented scientist can now work full time for MMF after her internship. From Indonesia, for Indonesia. Now Project Leader of MMF in Indonesia and we all have a small share!
We are proud not only to be responsible for Jani’s permanent employment and numerous internships for young Indonesians, but also to have contributed to three scientific papers so far through the donations generated. Each and every individual who supports Mantahari in any way, whether that is by making a purchase or following and talking about the project on social media and face to face, has a part in this. From the bottom of the ocean: Tnanks.
Here you can view the scientific papers:
With other organizations you get a standard mail and maybe a card – we get from the MMF as a nice and heartfelt symbolic return for our all support a godfathership with manta rays – how cool is that?
This means that for 200 USD donation we get to adopt a manta ray, name it and get the certificate sent. Due to the over 1000 manta rays in the database in Komodo National Park and off Nusa Penida, there is still a lot to adopt!
We were so proud of our first two rays – now there are over 130 rays! Examples of what these adoptioenne can look like can be found here. Isn’t it great that throughManta Matcher’svisual database each individual can be matched by the unique “Belly Print” and we always get an email when one of our manta rays has been spotted?
This is how beautiful the MMF certificates look – you want to become a sponsor yourself? Beyond the donation portions of product sales, with which we regularly adopt ourselves, we also offer private sponsorships. This has already been used as a “guardian angel” for birth, as a Christmas gift or simply for themselves. Name rights and certificate is then with you!
Of course, not everyone can be expected to become an ocean activist. Therefore, we offer you to help on a small scale. By buying one of our products you will become an ambassador of the Mantahari brand and maybe you will have got a bit involved with the core idea of the project. 50% of the profit for example 10 Euro for one of the PET caps -will be donated to our partner, the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF)to support them. What part of the total amount is donated in each case is explained with the respective product in the store, the donation share is in any case so high that the costs of the project are covered – nothing more.
We have already been able to make a difference locally, through the many products with which thousands of Mantahari Brand Ambassadors are now on the road, we have already been able to donate almost 30,000 USD to Indonesia and support our colleagues Ellie and Janis there to continue to take on interns and to give everything for research and education on site.
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