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  • Writer's pictureNick Edward

C-Loop's ROPE hope Community Project in Philippines

C-Loop is running a project which is currently funded by Tom Wilhelmsen foundation, in collaboration with Livable, aiming at empowering local communities in Philippines.

Today most of retired ropes are ending at landfills or incineration, but in some countries in Asia and Africa – retired mooring ropes are a source of material for local businesses. C- Loop plans to partner up with some of big rope suppliers from these countries to fast track this project, and get to work together with families of workers or in the local community to lift their life standard by engaging them to transform retired mooring ropes from the maritime vessels into new materials for manufacturing new ropes.

“C-Loop and Livable have been discussing how to make some of those businesses “clean” and transparent adapting to the international production facility standards and governance .”

For C-Loop, the main idea by ROPE hope could be to make the above value chain possible in small scale using equipment which is safe and easy to operate. Somehow be able to track or link the problematic (challenges) of plastic waste to the local context.

This will require a separate long term project along side C-Loop venture involving NGO’s and some non-profit funding. With that, Tom Wilhelmsen foundation has provided funding of half a million Norwegian Kroner to pilot small scale transformation of mooring ropes to empower families in challenging communities.

The Concept of ROPE hope Project

The project is named ROPE hope and originally was established as an idea from a Belgium industry designer, Sep Verboom, on the Philippines in 2012.

With the concept that retired mooring ropes can be reused to create a continuous livelihood for local recycling communities, ROPE hope aims to promote the reclaimed rope materials by making a new range of livable products. Click here to learn more about this project.

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