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About Us

About Us

We’re here to make the global circular
plastic supply chain a reality

1st
Verra Project
The world’s first Verra-certified plastic collection and recycling project
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kgs
Plastic collected and recycled 
since January 2020
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Collectors
Registered under the Second Life program 
since we’ve started
Supported by global brands, 
engaged in local impact.
MARS
Symrise
Clarins Paris
Caudalie Paris
Verra
Oceanworks
ACT
Societe Generale
Green Print
Ranong Recycle
Wongpnait Karbi
Asia Green Roads
PFN
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources
IUCN
South Pole
Plastic Credit Exchange
Vinventions

Founding Story

2020
2021
2022
2023
2020

Launch with Caudalie: 600,000 Kg Collected

In 2020, we initiated operations with Caudalie, embarking on our commitment to plastic sustainability. Within our inaugural year, this partnership allowed us to successfully collect 600,000 kilograms of plastic, laying a foundation for our ongoing initiatives.

2021

Milestone Achievement: 1 Million Kg Collected

In 2021, we celebrated a significant milestone, successfully collecting our first 1 million kilograms of plastic. Collaborating with Clarins, onboarding over 100 collectors marked the beginning of our journey towards transformative environmental impact.

2022

World’s First Verra Certified Plastic Project

In 2022, we were honored to receive certification from Verra as the world’s first Verra Certified Plastic Project. Collaborating with partners like MARS and Symrise, our initiative has successfully allowed us to collect 2 million kilograms of plastic since our founding, solidifying our position as contributors to sustainable action.

2023

Independence Achieved: Almost 4 Million Kg Collected

In 2023, we transitioned into a stand-alone company, highlighting our accomplishment of nearly 4 million kilograms of ocean plastic collected since our founding. This milestone reflects our steadfast commitment to environmental independence and making a meaningful impact in the field.

Second Life 2025 Goal

Goal

To collect and recycle ocean
plastic in all islands and coastal areas of Thailand

Engage Now

We support projects that have the highest impact, for plastic and for people

As the first Verra Plastic Waste Reduction Project to be certified in the world, our methodology is based on standardised accounting principles of baseline and additionality. This rigorous and independently-audited accounting system ensures that each credit invested goes to collecting and recycling one ton of plastic waste, somewhere in the world, that wouldn’t have been otherwise.

Support

Second Life also invests for maximum social impact. By engaging in geographies where waste infrastructure is underdeveloped, where plastic pollution heavily impacts the local biodiversity, or where the local community is vulnerable and marginalised, we believe that supporting circular plastic supply chains can do good not only for the environment, but for people too.

Our Team

Recycling experts taking leadership on plastic sustainability

Tristan Lecomte
Tristan Lecomte
Founder
Nik Supatravanij
Nik Supatravanij
Executive Director
Pauline Frison
Pauline Frison
Business Development Lead
Tara Panawiwattanakarn
Tara Panawiwattanakarn
Project Director
Thanat Dokput
Thanat Dokput
Project Manager

Corporate Partners

Second Life is sponsored and funded by our corporate partners, on behalf of whom we operate our plastic waste recovery and recycling operations worldwide.

Vinventions
Plastic Credit Exchange
South Pole
Caudalie Paris
Clarins Paris
Green Print
Societe Generale
Symrise
MARS
ACT
Oceanworks

Project Partners

Second Life partners with various operational partners such as regional recyclers, regional aggregators and plastic banks to recover and recycle plastic waste.

Asia Green Roads
Wongpnait Karbi
Ranong Recycle

Institutional Partners and Associates

Second Life partners and collaborates with institutional partners to expand our network of operators, connect with local communities, and develop our media communications.

IUCN
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources
PFN

Frequently Asked Questions

How much plastic ends up in the oceans?

Yearly, up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans. It escapes from landfill sites, floats down our drains, ends up in rivers and makes its way into our oceans.

How many tons of plastic are in the ocean?

There are now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean and 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, with a total estimated 150 million tons of plastic currently in our oceans. Every day around 8 million new pieces of plastic make their way into our oceans.

How does plastic end up in the ocean?

80% of the plastics in the ocean comes from land-based activities. It is trash blown from the streets, trash cans, or landfills into rivers, sewers, or directly into the ocean.

Why recycle plastic?
  • For every ton of plastic that is recycled, 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space is saved. Recycling plastic also reduces the amount of non-renewable energy used in the plastic-making process, as creating new items from existing plastic uses significantly less energy than creating plastics from raw materials.
  • Recycling reduces the pollution that can come from the chemicals used to make these bottles. It also helps cut down on the amount of trash thrown into landfills, so our garbage doesn’t take up as much space. Recycling also creates jobs for people who collect recyclable materials and work at places that turn them into new materials.
What plastics can be recycled?

The most commonly recycled plastics are:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – water bottles and plastic trays
  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – milk cartons and shampoo bottles
  • Polypropylene (PP) – margarine tubs and ready-meal trays
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) – plumbing and piping
  • Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – food and shopping bags
  • Polystyrene (PS) – plastic cutlery

How many times can plastic be recycled?

Every time plastic is recycled, the polymer chain grows shorter, so its quality decreases. The same piece of plastic can only be recycled about 2-3 times before its quality decreases to the point where it can no longer be used.

What is 100 percent ocean bound plastic?

Ocean Bound Plastic is abandoned plastic waste of all sizes located within the range of 50 km from the shore in communities or areas where waste management is inexistent or very inefficient.

What can plastic bottles be recycled into?

Plastic bottles can be converted into many different products. Just think of all of the plastic toys, tools, electronic gadgets, and other plastic items in your own home.

How does plastic recycling work?

Plastic that is collected from your homes, businesses and local recycling centers is sent to Material Recovery Facilities (MRF), which separates plastic and non-plastic, and/or a Plastic Recovery Facilities (PRF), which sorts plastic by type. These facilities use sorting equipment such as an optical sorter, or manual sorting, to distinguish between the different types of plastics. The plastic then goes to a reprocessor where it gets washed, shredded and sorted further. The plastic is then melted and extruded into new recycled plastic pellets. These pellets are sold on to producers to make new products.

How to stop plastic pollution in the ocean?
  • Reduce your own plastic waste
  • Reuse – Bring your own reusable shopping bags or water bottles
  • Refuse – Refuse plastic (i.e. straws, plastic bags, beverage tops)
  • Remove – Pick up trash in your neighborhood and when visiting parks and beaches
  • Recycle – Recycle the plastics you use and no longer need