About The Sea Monkey Project

We are The Sea Monkeys - a family of four, sailing and living aboard our 41ft Morgan Out Island monohull yacht called 'Sea Monkey' since 2014. From right to left: Carlos the Skipper/ project manager, Sarah the cartoonist, Sydney the ocean conservationist & founder of the Sea Monkey Project and last but not least, Indi the film maker.

SY Sea Monkey - 41ft Morgan Out Island. Our mobile home, office and sanctuary. 

As part of Sydney and Indi’s project based learning, we created The Sea Monkey Project. Through much research and many conversations with locals throughout South East Asia, we came up with the idea of building plastic recycling machines, and to set these up in towns and villages to help local people deal responsibility with their own plastic waste.

Our goal is to create cottage industries using the plastics that would usually end up in the ocean. These cottage industries will not only provide an income from sales of products but cleans up the local environment and also will help educate locals on reducing the amount of single use plastics. 

Roles each Sea Monkey plays in this social business:

Sydney Steenland 
As founder of The Sea Monkey Project, Sydney promotes the project through presentations, talks and on social media. The project is focused on making this planet a better place via promoting plastic reduction education and environmental issues. We're very proud of Syd and she loves helping people increase their understanding of sustainable practices. 

Indi Steenland 
Animator, film director and editor.

Carlos Steenland 
Chief machine builder.

Sarah Steenland 
Cartoonist and produces our ocean plastic education material (mostly in the form of fun comics and games). 
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Sydney giving presentation talk at Royal Geographic Society.


So many islands covered in so much plastic!

Buy precious plastic recyclng machine by The Sea Monkey Project

How the plastic recycling machines work.  To see them in action visit loop2cycle


Some of the products we've made using our injection and extrusion machines.  

Upcycling Machines 
Our dad designs manufacturers mobile upcycling machines for communities, organizations, and individuals around the world. These machines allow you to put low-value waste plastic in one end and obtain cool high-value stuff out of the other.

They are compact, easy to operate and maintain. He has made a lot, and can make one for you to suit your needs. 
If you are interested in investigating these machines or things they can make, please click on the loop2cycle website link here. Loop2cycle is Dad's manufacturing and distribution company. 

If you want find out how to sponsor or donate to one of our initiatives - contact us and we'll be happy to work with you. 

We also work with schools, business and brands for speaking engagements and to come up with projects and initiatives to fit individual CSR budgets.  

Fair winds and plastic-free seas!
- The Sea Monkeys

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