About us

OUR STORY

Next to every recyclable plastic bottle there is a plastic bag, shoe, food packaging or other non-recyclable plastic that is not being collected because it has no market value. Unlike the selective recycling market, TONTOTON’s allows companies to create a circular solution for all types of plastic waste.

Through a certified plastic credit system, we have created, in particularly polluted coastal areas, a community-based solution for the clean-up and disposal of all plastics, leaving nothing behind.

TONTOTON’s solution is designed to involve and empower the informal waste sector and local communities. Creating a new market for ‘orphan’ plastic, TONTOTON recycle, upcycle and co-process mismanaged plastic, supporting communities and environments.

OUR VISION

We believe in a WIN-WIN-WIN solution for ocean plastic pollution, one that includes diverse benefits and a blue circular economy benefitting all: the environment, the society, and businesses.

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OUR MISSION

The TONTOTON program aims to rescue low-value plastic from the environment before it reaches oceans
by engaging companies to create a blue circular economy.
Through our program, we enable local communities, especially poor waste workers,
to achieve higher earnings, improve life quality, and improve access to education, services, and technology.

Our work follows the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN for The Agenda 2030.

OUR MISSION

To change the daily reality in highly polluted,
vulnerable costal communities and create a
sustainable economic system to maintain clean areas

LOW-VALUE MARINE PLASTIC RECOVERY

Directly removing ocean-bound plastic as well as stopping the leakage at source

PROVIDING SOCIAL JUSTICE

Ensuring stable incomes for marginalised comunities

CREATING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Closing the loop by providing a market for previous valueless materials

SDG 1 No poverty
sustainable cities and communities
responsible consumption and production
life below water

Our Team

Barak Ekshtein

Barak Ekshtein

Founder & CEO

Expert in Business with Purpose, Sustainability, Circular Economy, and Public Relations

Le Thi

Lê Thi Lệ

Logistics and Operations

Expert in Logistics and Operations Management

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Annie Pham

Human Resources
and Accounting Manager

Expert in Administration and Human Resource Development

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Trong Kam

Cambodia Project Manager

Expert in Community Development and Mobilization

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Mae

CSR Marketing

Halley

Halley

Hai Phong Project Manager

Sumu

Sumu

Impact Manager 

OUR TEAM

Barak Ekshtein

Barak Ekshtein

Founder Director of TONTOTON

Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies

7 years: February 2006 – February 2013
Founder & CEO of Barak Ekshtein PR
PR firm specialized in promoting sustainability and eco-friendly products

14 years: March 2007 – Present
Co-founder and CEO of BKS Co Ltd
Leading reusable packaging company specializing in recycled, eco-friendly materials.

Lê Thi Lệ

Logistics & Operations Executive

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting; Masters in Business Administration

3 years 10 months: June 2009 – March 2013
Phong Phu International JSC (PPJ)
Shipping Document Executive

7 years: March 2013 – April 2020
Evolution Entreprises Co. Ltd VN
Shipping Manager

Lê Thi Lệ
Sumu

Sumuduni Senevirathne

Environmental Professional, Impact Manager, Plastic Waste Expert

BSc (Hons) in Agriculture; M.Sc. in NRM and Master in Marine Plastic Abatement, AIT.

7 months: April 2022 – October 2022
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
Community Based Conservaton Expert

1 year 4 months: March 2016 – July 2017
Marine Environment Protection Authority
Assistant Marine Environment Officer

1 year 8 months: August 2017 – April 2019
Agri-business Center, University of Peradeniya
Research Assistant

Bùi Thị Tuyết (Hallley)

North Vietnam Region Manager

Bachelor’s Degree in Art

1 year: June 2020 – June 2021
Vic trading Co,.ltd
Accountant

 5 years: June 2015 -June 2020
Shindong Digitech Co,.ltd
Assistant Accountant

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Loemchou Say

Loemchou Say

Project Manager Cambodia

Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science
Assessing Marine Debris and Plastic Leakage on Coastal Island

Cham

Community Manager, Cambodia

Degree in Information Technology

2 years
English Teacher

3 years
Sales Manager

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Mae Catibog

CSR Marketing                                                                                                                              Bachelor’s Degree in Development Communication with Graduate Units earned in Asian Studies

 

 

3 years: 2013-2016

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Project Officer, Economic Growth Group

 

2 years: 2009-2011

CARD-MRI (Microfinance Institute)

Module Developer and Creative Leader