Over 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of ocean today – killing 2 million sea birds and 100,000 marine animals every year – many of them getting entangled in plastic six-pack rings.

Tatiana Pagés, designer, activist and Chief Creative Officer of Greencard Creative fueled her passion for social change by starting a movement called Origomu (Japanese for “folding rubber”), which aims to keep plastic off of our shores and inspires environmental action through design. To date, close to 1 million six-pack plastic rings have been collected and repurposed to create wearable art.

Pagés is also making a difference in the lives of the underserved population in the U.S. and in Latin America and is using Origomu as a business model aimed to empower low-income women. Within the framework of the Origomu movement, she teaches workshops in Harlem for female ex-convicts and she is using the same model in both Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.