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11 MARCH 2020
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Asia’s exponential growth has made it a powerful economic force, but it also has placed the region at the heart of the ocean pollution crisis. While there’s no silver bullet for solving this challenge, I see capital investment as a key part of the solution. Investing in waste management, recycling, and the circular economy in just five countries in Asia – namely China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam – could have an enormous impact, leading to as much as a 45% reduction in the amount of plastic leakage into the ocean.

New solutions in waste management and recycling have seen rapid growth across South and Southeast Asia. It's a sector ripe for disruption. And the impact could be even bigger if we invest in innovative materials, technologies and processes advancing the circular economy. This is why Circulate Capital is dedicated to identifying and scaling promising businesses that turn used plastics from a waste stream into a resource stream and that build circular value chains. 

Read more in my contribution to the discussion at Davos in this recent World Economic Forum article

Best, 

Rob Kaplan
Founder & CEO
Circulate Capital
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March 4, 2020 - The shifting centers of green finance are also about tackling the world’s environmental problems where they start. Most of the plastics flowing into the ocean come from a few South Asian countries. The answer to fixing this global problem is local recycling infrastructure, according to Rob Kaplan, founder of Singapore-based Circulate Capital. The firm has raised more than $100 million from plastics makers to stop trash from reaching the ocean. The fund, which just opened, is deploying capital fast: With 10 deals currently in due diligence, it expects about one-fifth of its assets to be committed by summer. “There’s so much pent-up demand,” says Kaplan.

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February 20, 2020 - The potential returns of investing in waste management are huge, and the Republic can plug the financing and innovation gaps.

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The Soul of Business: Circling Around for a Sustainable Future

February 21, 2019 - Listen to Rob’s discussion with Claressa Monteiro about how the Circulate Capital Ocean Fund will provide both debt and equity financing to waste management, recycling and circular economy companies in South and Southeast Asia.

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