|Geography: Meet Us in the Middle (East)
Wherever and whatever touches the ocean, that’s where Okeanos™ wants to be. Mother Nature depends on it and we’re here to make sure of it, which is why we’ve decided to venture outside of our office in Miami Beach…a little eastward. And by a little, we mean 7,824 miles to be exact. We spent some time visiting our colleagues at our Dubai offices where they shared a discussion on the importance of making waves of change right now.
Why did you decide to bring Okeanos™ to this part of the world?
We were always looking for business that also has meaning, a business that can add to the community and respects the nature that we were blessed with. Made From Stone™ gives a solution that will have a huge impact on single use plastic disposal and will contribute to furthering innovations and technology.
Why is Made From Stone™ important to you?
Our region is full of wonderful nature spots and great people and we want to improve their lives. It is sad when we see plastic bags hanging on fins or straws dropped on beaches knowing that these will stay for generations over generations. This is why Made From Stone™ is important. Instead of a plastic bag floating on the red sea we will have a natural resource giving back to nature.
What is the importance of the ocean to people in your region?
Sea has always been an important aspect of our people in the Middle East. We have the Red Sea, which was named after its magnificent coral reefs. We eat from the sea, we dive in the sea, we relax watching the beautiful sunset in Jeddah or the amazing sunrise in Dubai beaches and waterfronts…. Sea is one of the most important tourist attractions that we have.
What products are we manufacturing in the Middle East?
We are targeting the high impact items now such as straws, cutlery, restaurant plastics, drinking cups, and lids.
What products do you wish to see manufactured in the future?
Every single use plastic. This is what we want! See Plastic is not bad… it is the amount we produce and dispose. Plastic is a great material that opened the world for us but we are the ones misusing it. We need to get that back to the right path and the thank nature for what it is giving us.
Who should use Made From Stone™?
Basically every single use plastic producer or consumer should switch to Made From Stone™, to begin with. Then, every brand can replace their plastic packaging as well! We need to give back to nature, and Made From Stone™ does that!
When will we launch in the middle east?
Our target to launch is October/November 2019; we are in the works arranging with local partners.
What is your favorite product?
That is a hard question… it’s like asking a father who is your favorite child! My favorite product is our mission: to replace all single use plastic.
Where would you like to see Okeanos™™ next?
Everywhere… across the globe. Even in space if we need to. We are responsible of this universe and we should do what is best for it.
Is there anything else you’d like to include?
Every human being is responsible for nature and we owe our descendants a healthy and clean place to live in. Single use plastic is thrown away in the garbage or recycling bin and then we think it’s dealt with, but that is not the case. Things don’t just disappear, they have to go somewhere.