Ho‘oponopono Plastic Program collects to upcycle plastics

Contributed by Ho‘omalu Ke Kai

Plastic gathered from island businesses is soaked and cleaned at Kaua‘i Community College in Puhi.

Contributed by Ho‘omalu Ke Kai

Tim Leichliter sifts sand for microplastics on a Kaua‘i beach.

Contributed by Ho‘omalu Ke Kai

Ho‘omalu Ke Kai’s Director of Sustainability Paul Baker shows off marine debris that could be turned into new products.

Contributed by Abe Kowitz

Abe Kowitz, owner of Plastic Paradise Kaua‘i LLC holds up plastic containers behind his new designing machine that makes pots and benches out of clean recycled plastic.

Contributed by Plastic Paradise Kaua‘i LLC

Plastic Paradise uses Shredder Pro and Extrusion Pro machines to transform other businesses’ trash into new treasures.

LIHU‘E — A Kaua‘i-based ocean-conservation group is ready to expand its commercial-plastic-collection initiative, but needs help getting to the next level.