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Seven Clean Seas staffs up as plastic offsetting firm adds auditing capability

The 3 year-old startup has hired an auditor to enable corporates to track and decrease their plastic waste footprint, and two sales executives to develop new projects.

Seven Clean Seas (SCS) has made a number of hires as the ocean clean-up and plastic offsetting social enterprise eyes growth in 2021.

Joining the Singapore-based startup to build out its waste auditing service is Oliver Kade, who recently graduated from Technical University of Denmark with a masters degree in environmental engineering. 

SCS offers plastic producers and users an offsetting service, enabling corporates to offset the plastic they cannot reduce by investing in SCS’s beach clean-ups. Kade will work on aligning SCS’s projects with international standards and improving the technical element of its plastic credits offering.

The new process flow for SCS is to first run a waste audit, devise a waste reduction strategy and then work out the applicable plastic offset. Tom Peacock-Nazil, co-founder of Seven Clean Seas, said that adding a waste auditing capability was important to enable the firm to offer offsetting advice “which is not susceptible to companies’ attempts of greenwashing.”

Seven Clean Seas new starters

Seven Clean Seas new starters: Clara Ko (left), Trisha Mascarenha (top right) and Oliver Kade

Joining the three year-old firm as head of partnerships is Trisha Mascarenhas, who takes on the role after more than two and half years with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), where she worked on campaigns including Earth Hour, WWF’s flagship environmental awareness event.

Clara Ko joins as partnerships manager. Working with Mascarenhas, the former sales executive for social media platform Meltwater will identify and develop new plastic offsetting clients for SCS.

Commenting on his company’s ambitions for 2021, Peacock-Nazil noted that SCS had acquired funding for a river cleanup system in Vietnam and a materials sorting and plastic aggregation facility in Bintan, where the company operates beach cleanup operations.

In tandem with establishing its waste auditing solution, SCS is aiming for plastic offsetting to become a major income stream for the firm, which “supports exponential project growth” across rural and island waste management systems in Southeast Asia, Peacock-Nazil said.

“It’s a year of building capacity and impact,” he told Eco-Business.

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