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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 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 recycle machines using the Precious Plastic open source blueprints and set these up in towns and villages throughout South East Asia.
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  the locals on reducing the amount of single use plastics. 
Roles each Sea Monkey plays in this social business:
Sydney Steenland 
Founder of The Sea Monkey Project. Sydney helps construct the machines and promotes the project through presentations, talks and on social media. We're very proud of Syd for her recent presentation to the employees of American Express on Pangkor Island, Malaysia. 
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). 

So many Islands covered in so much plastic!

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

Sydney doing the wiring for the extrusion machine - guided by Dad (Skipper). 

Some of the things we've make using the injection and extrusion machines.  

Update May 2019
To date:
One set of machines purchased by Plastic Free Jersey  is in operation on Jersey Island, UK. 
A machine set purchased and donated by American Express is now producing recycled turtle necklaces on Perhentian Island.
Another set purchase and donated by The American school of Dubai is bound for the Jungle community in Merapoh. 
We have partnered with The Fuze Ecoteers , together we've formed  'The Precious Plastic Project' to make a broader impact in Malaysia and South East Asia. We have moved into our new workshop/ HQ in Kuala Lumpur where we
stay when we are not on Sea Monkey (which is currently at Tioman Island). 
If you have any interest in ordering a set of machines or want to know more about sponsoring a set for a community - send us an email, we'll
be happy to hear from you. 
Fair winds and plastic free seas - The Sea Monkeys