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News

Green Turtle Weekend


Discount battle on Black Friday? Let's rather protect 2,000 Baby Turtles 🐢


With the onset of the rainy season in Bali, vast amounts of plastic waste are carried from the interior into the sea. This garbage becomes Ocean Plastic and is therefore devastating for turtles.

Every day, the turtles swimming in the sea get caught in the floating pieces of plastic and often die in agony. 😭

With the Green Turtle Edition we want to protect 2,000 baby turtles. For every Green Turtle product, 1 kg of Ocean Plastic is collected and donated to the Turtle Foundation, which lovingly cares for baby turtles in Indonesia. 🐢💚


Green Turtle Edition launches on Thursday, 11/24/2022 at 9am. On Thursday our store will be closed for all who have not signed up before. The products are strictly limited and only the first 50 orders on Thursday will receive 50% off the entire order.


On Friday, the store is then open again normally. The products are available - while stocks last - until 27.11.


You can find more info here.

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Q&A:

from Dominik (Founder Oceanmata)

What does the logo mean?

The wave in the logo symbolises the ocean and the water, the two leaves symbolise the mainland and the earth. Enclosed by the circle, which is supposed to represent our globe and at the same time also stands for Oceanmata's vision to achieve a closed cycle.

What does "Oceanmata" mean?

Ocean stands for the seas and oceans Oceanmata feels connected to and is committed to protecting. 

Mata is derived from the city of Matara in Sri Lanka. It was there that the first idea for a biodegradable mobile phone cover was born in connection with an Ocean Clean-Up project. 

How did you come up with this idea? What inspired and motivated you?

The idea came up on a surf trip with my girlfriend. In 2018, we were backpacking in Sri Lanka and at that time we became very aware of how severe the plastic problem is, especially in Asian countries. No matter where you look, plastic waste is piling up everywhere and even the beautiful beaches are always littered with washed-up ocean plastic.

When we stayed at "The Surfer Hostel" in Weligama, we lay in the hammock in the roof top bar after a long surf session. There was a simple sentence on a big notice board: "Every time you go to the beach pick up three pieces of plastic".

At that point, I thought to myself that this was a really brilliant idea. However, one should not only get the people in "The Surfer Hostel" to pick up three pieces of plastic every time they go to the beach, but preferably as many people as possible.

That's how the idea came about to build something that would spread this message to a lot of people: Big things can be achieved with every small step - only enough people have to join in.

As I was already selling wooden mobile phone cases alongside my mechanical engineering studies at the time, I quickly came up with the idea of developing a mobile phone case that was completely biodegradable.

In 2019, my girlfriend and I went surfing again and this time we travelled to Indonesia, to the islands of Java and Bali. At that time, I had already started to write a study paper with two students about "making a compostable mobile phone case". So, as far as the product was concerned, things were already going very well. Only the clean-up project was very difficult to set up without local contacts.

One evening in Medewi (Bali), my girlfriend and I went for a little scooter ride through the side streets of the small Balinese village. As luck would have it, we met a local who was already organising clean-ups in Bali. When I told him about the idea of the compostable mobile phone cover in connection with my own Ocean Clean-Up project, he was immediately enthusiastic.

So then in December 2019, we started to offer the first Oceanmata mobile phone case in the online shop as a pre-sale, while our first Ocean Clean-Up location was set up in Bali.

How does the concept "Oceanmata" work? Can you explain it briefly?

In our online shop we offer biodegradable and sustainable products, for the purchase of which our Clean-Up Team in Bali collects at least 1 kg of ocean plastic.


What is Oceanmata's goal or what goal in general are you pursuing with it?

The big vision behind this is to rid the oceans of plastic waste by 2050. Ultimately, this can be achieved not only through ocean clean-ups, but only if every individual uses plastic responsibly.

What products do you offer in your online shop?

Our online shop offers a wide range of biodegradable and sustainable products. We are known for our biodegradable phone cases, but there are also AirPods cases and phone straps made from the same biodegradable material, as well as sustainable screen protectors and T-shirts. For each of these products, we collect 1 kg of ocean plastic in Bali.

With our 4 Special Editions (Turtle, Dolphin, Coral & Shark), we also donate for each purchase to an organisation dedicated to the rescue and protection of the respective marine life. 

What do you think is the main problem with plastic ending up in the oceans? How could the problem be solved or the situation improved?

In my opinion, products made of single-use plastic are the biggest problem. In Germany, for example, only a small part of the contents of the yellow bag is recycled - a large part of it either ends up in the incinerator or is exported to countries like Indonesia.

There, the plastic waste ends up in landfills. During heavy rains, which is especially the case during the monsoon season, the rubbish often ends up in the sea via the numerous rivers. So we in Germany are also largely responsible for plastic waste ending up in the sea.

It is important both to fight the symptoms, i.e. to collect and recycle plastic waste from the oceans, and to keep an eye on preventing it from happening in the first place. This generally means avoiding single-use plastic products and educating people. For example, we provide children at three schools in Bali with a lesson on plastic waste.

What was the most beautiful experience you had with Oceanmata? What are moments that make you stick to the concept and project "Oceanmata"?

With the goal of ridding the oceans of plastic waste by 2050, it is especially nice to see that eight people in Indonesia are now working full time on the Ocean Clean-Up project. They fight every day to make a difference and are proud to be part of Oceanmata and rid their oceans of plastic waste.

Where would you like to see yourself and Oceanmata in 5-10 years? Are there already new ideas, new products?

In the future, Oceanmata will become a global movement that invests the majority of its proceeds in innovative ideas to combat ocean plastic. We are currently developing a river barrier that intercepts plastic waste before it enters the ocean.

We will be launching more products in the next few years, and there is certainly no shortage of ideas - but we won't be revealing any more at this point.

But ultimately, we don't just want to grow through more products. The focus is on our vision of one day achieving plastic-free oceans. To achieve this, we want to increasingly build recycling stations that can finance themselves with the sale of the recycled plastic. This makes it possible to expand the project worldwide.

What can each individual do better or change in their current behaviour? How can everyone help and contribute to improvement? Do you have any tips (e.g. for everyday life)?

Everyone can question their own consumption behaviour. Every single high-quality or sustainable product can make a difference compared to many cheap products. Everyone can consume responsibly and consciously and, for example, repair things instead of buying new ones. When shopping, everyone can make sure to buy products without packaging or even go shopping in a non-packaging shop. In the end, every purchase is a ballot paper - the food industry will always produce more of exactly those products for which demand is highest. A lot can be achieved if everyone simply tries to become 1% more sustainable and integrates this more and more into their everyday life.

What do you wish for the future regarding "plastic in the oceans"? e.g. in political decisions?


Waste exports should be completely stopped. Another possibility would be that in future the producers of disposable packaging are also responsible for recycling. Or taxes or fees could be introduced for the production of disposable packaging.