Seangle Innovation Lab
Our Three Main Principles
Seangle believes there is no such thing as a "single" absolute solution to the environmental problems. These issues are rooted in complex social aspect, so solution with various approaches are needed.
Seangle doesn't apply on a planning-based approach but a social laboratory, which is open to ideas and innovations.
Seangle is based on experimental principles. A forum for initiating ideas and conducting social-environmental research.
Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world with more than 17,000 islands, 6 million square kilometers of sea and more than 91,000 km of coastline. About 75% of all known marine life and 23% of global mangrove forest are in Indonesian water. Unfortunately, Indonesia ranks second in the world (behind China) in the production of plastic waste. Of the 8 million tons of plastic that are discharged into the oceans worldwide every year, 16% are from Indonesia. According to the Maritime Ministry, Indonesians consume a million plastic bags per minute. In one year, Indonesia alone produced 3.2 million tons of plastic waste, of which 1.29 million ended up in the ocean and became marine debris that disrupted the marine ecosystem.
Marine debris is defined as “solid material products” which are disposed of and left in the marine and coastal environment. Three quarters of all marine waste is plastic. Accumulated plastic pollution has a negative impact on wildlife and their habitat and on human. When plastic bag is damaged, they absorb and release toxins which then pollute the soil and water. The organism can then swallow these harmful chemicals, enter into the food chain and eventually to our table through the process of biological accumulation. These chemicals are very dangerous and toxic and pose a serious threat to our health with symptoms including endocrine and cancer disorders that cause mutation.
“We know that when we protect our oceans we’re protecting our future.” – Bill Clinton
The amount of waste production per day makes many marine animals suffer and die due to our irresponsible behavior, cases such as whales, turtles and various marine species that suffer and die from ingesting plastic waste are very common. If this continues for the next 5 or 10 years, it is very likely that rare marine species exposed to marine debris directly or indirectly become extinct due to the destruction of the ecosystem chain.
Seangle, established in 2017 was initially a project that was awarded as the Best Action Plan in the IYMDS (Indonesia Youth Marine Debris Summit) 2017 initiated by Divers Clean Action and is now developing into a social Innovation Lab pioneered by youth from Sulawesi Island. Seangle aims to fight the issue of marine debris based on a social innovation lab principles with hope to increase public awareness in reducing the consumption of plastic and able to apply proper waste management .
We believe that the waste problem in Indonesia can’t be overcome by conventional approaches often carried out by organizations in general. Problem solving that is “programmatic” or “planning-based” is not relevant anymore to the existing environmental problems. Take a look on scientist in a scientific laboratory who develops and finds technology/ formula that contributes to the world of science and helps human life. Therefore, we believe laboratory that works to address social problems by instilling innovative and experimental principles (prototyping-based approach) is the closest answer in overcoming waste problem in Indonesia that are rooted in social level.
Seangle works with the experimental approach principle, the picture above shows the main principle of seangle in an effort to solve social environmental problems with a repeatable prototyping cycles. Seangle members are trained to apply the model of “learning by doing ànd failing fast, evaluate and recover”. With this principle Seangle encourages its members to become an innovative individuals and indirectly develop their leadership character, where in this lab we provide as much space as possible for its members to design and develop ideas. That way Seangle not only solvea social environmental problems but also plays a role in accommodating youth to be an idea maker. This openness, we believe, can bring forth effective solutions that are related to the root of the problem.