Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands Partner with Seven Clean Seas to Prevent Plastic from Reaching the Ocean


The WASH Foundation, an evolution of Clean the World Foundation, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability has partnered with Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) to facilitate The Drop by Drop Project. A collaboration between The WASH Foundation and initiative co-founder Sands, The Drop by Drop Project will reinvest capital from water stewardship efforts into three innovative projects supporting local water champions in Las Vegas, Macao, and Singapore. Managed and operated by The WASH Foundation, The Drop by Drop Project will be supported in part by savings from Sands’ conservation programs.

Following previously announced grant recipients University of St. Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment, and Get Outdoors Nevada, the third organization selected for funding is Seven Clean Seas, a Singapore-based social enterprise that is tackling plastic pollution. The organization will use the funding to support the development of The River Plastic Recovery System (RPRS), a floating plastic collection system that captures river plastic before it reaches the ocean.

It is estimated that between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. Further, 70% of all ocean plastic originates from rivers. A low-maintenance, solar-powered solution, the RPRS tackles this problem by removing surface plastic from rivers. Its design will be modular and cost-effective, with the aim of enabling widespread adoption throughout areas with high plastic pollution. It will also be manufactured and installed using local shipyards and infrastructure, supporting local job creation.

The floating system works by catching suspended plastics just below the water’s surface and then channeling it to a conveyor which removes the plastic and deposits it into a holding bin. “To date, Seven Clean Seas has recovered 54,000 kg of plastic from water sources around the world through its beach clean-up activities. The River Plastic Recovery System is a breakthrough cleanup technology that brings automated high-volume plastic recovery at a price point which makes it truly scalable in the developing locations most in need. Seven Clean Seas will install units on the world’s worst plastic polluted rivers over the next 5-10 years,” says Tom Peacock-Nazil, co-founder and CEO, Seven Clean Seas.

“Sands ECO360 is tackling single-use plastic at each of our resorts through our E3R strategy – eliminate, reuse, replace and recycle,” says Katarina Tesarova, senior vice president of global sustainability at Sands. “We are excited to support Seven Clean Seas in this new innovative project which addresses single-use plastic beyond our own four walls and prevents plastic pollution in our ecosystems.”

The work of Seven Clean Seas to address the global plastic pollution crisis will also be featured at an upcoming exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum, Plastic or Planet by National Geographic, running September 12, 2020 – March 28, 2021.

“Seven Clean Seas is reimagining a clever solution to a problem that is killing our rivers and oceans. The Drop by Drop Project was created with the intention of helping to solve these critical and time-sensitive challenges. The RPRS eliminates one of the super-highways of plastics from entering the ocean. Slowing down this source is critical to the health and vitality of both the ecosystems of the rivers and oceans,” says Sam Stephens, executive director of The WASH Foundation.

For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, please visit: http://thewashfoundation.org/dropbydrop

About Clean the World
The WASH Foundation is an international development and global health nonprofit operating hygiene-focused emergency relief initiatives, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) education programs, targeting vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. The WASH Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit sector of Clean the World’s social enterprise responsible for all soap and hygiene kit distribution both domestically and globally as part of many of its comprehensive WASH programs. The WASH Foundation engages volunteers, donors, and other outcome-focused organizations around the world to provide hygiene supplies and education curriculum to support its global health programs. Since 2009, The WASH Foundation has served over 15 million individuals through its global WASH programs. A copy of the official registration and financial information for The WASH Foundation may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by visiting https://www.fdacs.gov/ConsumerServices. For more information, visit us online: https://www.thewashfoundation.org.

About Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS)
Las Vegas Sands Corp. is the world’s pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts. We created the meetings, incentives, convention, and exhibition (MICE)-based Integrated Resort. Our industry-leading Integrated Resorts provide substantial contributions to our host communities including growth in leisure and business tourism, sustained job creation, and ongoing financial opportunities for local small and medium-sized businesses. Our properties include The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., we have developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central, and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.


Sandie Beauchamp
Clean the World

Kristin Koca
Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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