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The ICM Falk Foundation powers innovation and circularity for a sustainable world.

We focus on supporting solutions for plastics waste and pollution reduction in Asia.

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The ICM Falk Foundation’s Approach

The ICM Falk Foundation is a private family foundation with a strong legacy of supporting innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

What?

300,000,000 tons of plastic waste are produced globally/year.

80% ends up in landfills or the environment and only 9% gets recycled.

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Why?

We will have more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Governments around the world have joined the Global Plastic Action Partnership network to effectively address this concern.

How?

We will be supporting Asia's innovation capacity to reduce plastics reliance and waste.

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We Need To Rethink
The Way We Use Plastic

Over 1 million plastic bottles are sold across the world every minute, but less than half of these bottles are being recycled. Meanwhile, 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, with the vast majority discarded only to endlessly circulate the Earth's oceans.

1,000,000 Plastic Bottles
are sold across
the world every minute
5,000,000,000,000 Single-use Plastic Bags
used each year
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Data from UN Environment​, 2018​

Today Our planet is
drowning in plastic pollution

Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.

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tonnes of plastic was produced

Plastic waste generation had more than tripled in two decades, following a similar rise in plastic production.

Data from UN Environment​, 2018​
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Today Our planet is
drowning in plastic pollution

Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.

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tonnes of plastic waste every year

We produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. That’s nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population

Data from UN Environment​, 2018​
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Data from UN Environment​, 2018​

News & Blog

August 5, 2021

Greening the Covid-19 Recovery in Vietnam (Part I)

The pandemic has offered us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink our status quo. Now more than ever, the world recognizes the need for resilience in the face of future problems. Thought-leaders, economists, and policymakers worldwide have agreed that a return to "business-as-usual" and environmentally damaging investment patterns would be reckless. Now is the time for us to do better. Yet, the question remains: How?

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August 3, 2021

The Surprising Truth About Food Waste

8 of the top 20 solutions to climate change are related to our food systems. And, the most significant among these 8 refers to the reduction of food waste. Each year, 1/3 of food produced in the world goes to waste, and it is responsible for 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions. If we were to redesign our food systems into a closed-loop, circular one, more than 70 gigatons of CO2 emissions would be removed or avoided from entering the atmosphere.

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May 17, 2021

Circular Economy: Global aspirations are only as good as local actions

The concept of a circular economy has emerged globally as a theoretical alternative to our current system. The path to the circular economy adoption begins locally, at home… Enter Mai Nguyen - a local practitioner’s evolving application of global circular economy concepts.

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Older News

Partnership Announcement: KisImpact

September 20, 2021

Through this partnership, we aim to enhance the technical and business capabilities of young innovators, those who can act as role models to empower other future entrepreneurs to ideate creative solutions to end plastic waste in the region.

Partnership Announcement: Bach Khoa Innovation

September 19, 2021

ICM is incredibly proud to get involved in this journey and give a helping hand to Vietnamese youth. Our efforts in this competition are more than just pure funding as we zero in on supporting two teams that we see high potentials in, namely the Edifilm team, and the Blastic team. They have all done amazing jobs in envisioning and ideating new solutions to our waste problem, based on the principles of "Bioplastics".

Partnership Announcement: Circular Cities Asia

September 12, 2021

In line with our commitment to foster circular thinking & innovative capacity in the ASEAN region, ICM is delighted to welcome Circular Cities Asia (CCAsia) as our latest Strategic Partner.

Tracing down the rabbit hole of plastic containers in Malaysia

September 6, 2021

The limitations of recycling as a solution to our plastic overconsumption is particularly striking in Southeast Asia. The need to complement the recycling of plastics with upstream solutions that reduce its use is more essential now than ever.

Greening the Covid-19 Recovery in Vietnam (Part I)

August 5, 2021

The pandemic has offered us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink our status quo. Now more than ever, the world recognizes the need for resilience in the face of future problems. Thought-leaders, economists, and policymakers worldwide have agreed that a return to "business-as-usual" and environmentally damaging investment patterns would be reckless. Now is the time for us to do better. Yet, the question remains: How?

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