MAS Holdings Finalist for the international Ideas Concept award – The Island
The sixth annual awards recognize products, concepts, companies, policies and designs that drive change, tackle issues from climate change to inequality, and more.
The winners of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced last week, honoring clean technologies, innovative business initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that support the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change and public health crises.
MAS Holdings Ocean Strainer has been named a finalist in the Water category in the World Changing Ideas Awards 2022. “Ocean Strainer” is a pilot floating litter trap installed in the Dehiwala Canal in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has expanded to eight other sites through open source partnerships across the country since its inception in August 2020, according to a MAS press release.
“Research has shown that rivers and canals are the sources of 80% of the plastic that reaches the ocean. Therefore, the MAS Holdings team needed to solve the marine plastic problem at the source by trapping and disposing of the waste before it reaches the ocean. The result was the Ocean Strainer, a barrier made of buoyant foam and webbing that floats the length of the canal and traps plastic waste before it reaches the ocean through the mouth of the canal. It said.
“Waste is collected daily by a designated contact person from the community along the canal, and project partners, Clean Ocean Force and the local provincial council support waste collection and disposal. With 100 km of canal network in Sri Lanka, the canals provided an opportunity to develop an innovative yet simple solution that could be inexpensive and easily replicated across multiple sites to create greater impact.
Now in its sixth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards features 39 winners, 350 finalists and more than 600 honorable mentions, with climate, social justice, AI and data among the most popular categories. A panel of prominent Fast Company editors and journalists selected winners and runners-up from more than 2,997 entries in transportation, education, food, politics, technology, health, social justice, etc.
Additionally, several new categories have been added this year, including climate, nature, water, and workplace. The 2022 awards feature nominations from around the world, from Switzerland to Hong Kong to Australia.
“We are thrilled to have the MAS Ocean Strainer recognized as one of Fast Company’s world-changing ideas. Coming from an island nation where the beaches were our childhood playground, all of us at MAS feel very strongly about our responsibility to solve the problem of marine plastic pollution,” says Sid Amalean, Head of Sustainable Operations at MAS Holdings.
“Our team has worked for several years with amazing partners who have helped us deliver an affordable and scalable solution, which we are proud to share with anyone who wants to replicate this in any part of the world. We strongly believe in the collaborative value creation and are now looking to create recycled polyester from the plastic waste we collect through Ocean Strainers for use in our clients’ upcoming collections.
During its 35 years of operation, MAS has gained worldwide recognition for its ethical and sustainable work environment and for the organization’s tireless efforts in social development and women’s empowerment. Product excellence and craftsmanship have placed MAS on the world map as an industry leader, showcasing flawless delivery in innovative manufacturing and design.