In 2018, we decided to pull our socks up and act. We are convinced that we have all our part to play. We can’t turn back the clock, but we can choose to change our habits.

As The Plastic Flamingo, we are utopian enough to fight for a fairer world, where peoples can access to clean water and live in clean cities. We are committed to find a solution to tackle ocean plastic pollution.

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Our Story

Francois and Charlotte started their married life by a world cycling tour for one year, riding from France to Vietnam. During this one-year tour they realised how diverse the world is, but also very polluted. François made the promise to find a solution one day to tackle plastic pollution in the environment!

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The Plastic Flamingo is born when François decided to launch a project about waste management in emerging countries, with the double conscious to find a solution to ocean plastic pollution issue while having a positive social impact.

François designed both an efficient plastic waste management system, flexible and suitable to developing countries, and also a recycling process able to finance the collection activities.

In June 2018, Charlotte and Tim joined the project, and they all moved to the Philippines in August 2018.

“We do not inherit earth from our ancestors: we borrow it from our children.”

Native American proverb


Destrand is our associate and professional coach. Thanks to Veronique and Jean-Marie’s help and advices, we managed to design our strategy, mitigate the risks and stay positive! 

Diane Gentou worked for us for 6 months. She helped us build our digital strategy and drive awareness around our project. She was very good at ‘selling’ The Plastic Flamingo everywhere she went! 

Ray Mart Montinola is our local carpenter. He works with us to design and build our products made of recycled plastic and metal. He will build our shelters.

Hubert d’Abboville, and his foundation Together Ensemble, introduced us to very influent and active network. He also advises us on our partnerships, especially with the NGO Caritas Philippines.

Ralph Cuazon is a student in engineering at University of The Philippines. He helps us to find a good combination to melt different plastics.

Jonas Lichando is the CEO of a company of ironworks. He is a great support and always happy to let us try and test our material in his plant.

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