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  • Rob Elgar

A reason to be plastic free

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

To hippie or not to be

So many hippies and so many environmentalists. Who knew that a traveling long haired South African would fall in love with baby turtles so much that it would shape his future forever. My name is Rob and this is how I became just like one of those Enviro-hippies we all "love".

A piece of paradise

Living on a some what remote island in the south of Malaysia. A dream that, (almost) everyone has for their entire life and not many seem to achieve. How perfect is life when all your goals are met.


With an easy life you can never grow mature; with a tough life you can never remain immature!” - Mehmet Murat ildan

For the turtles?

Little was I to know that my perfect view on such a beautiful place was about to change with the small yet amazing idea of a colleague to start a Turtle sanctuary. You can read more about this project and the necessity of it on this post about Rimba Conservation Crew.

Watching the small and delicate flapping baby's wonder down to the ocean stole my heart and I started to put all efforts into conserving these tiny wonderful robots. Noticing first hand how much trash was in the ocean it became very obvious to me how important it was to go plastic free.

The final straw

Away from Malaysia and into the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia the final eye opener arose. A fifty meter walk was was all i needed to bury my mind deep into what I needed to do. Straws, plastic bags, water bottles and more. I only had to bend over just a few times to full my hands with more plastic straws than I could carry. It was time to do something about this.

However, reducing the amount of plastic I used was not enough to satisfy. Constantly seeing more and more trash washing up on the beach and around the streets I realized that if I was to make a difference I would need to create a bigger audience. I would need to provide sustainable and Eco-friendly products as well as information to as many as possible.

Thus Make A Difference Organics, or as I like to say M.A.D Organics was born.

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