According to the World Economic Forum, between 75 and 199 million tonnes of plastic garbage floats and pollutes the oceans of the world. THE 5 reports from the Gyres Institute that the volume of plastic entering the seas doubles every six years. There are genuine efforts to develop circular and sustainable packaging amid waves of greenwashing claims. Meet Vanessa Coleman, CEO of Oceanworks, which collects ocean plastics for recycling and resells them to companies that commit to using post-consumer recycled, or PCR, plastics in new products and packaging. Oceanworks has developed a network of partners who collect and recycle plastics found on beaches and in waterways around the world, which the Oceanworks Guaranteed® label can identify – the environmental, social and recycling practices of these programs are regularly reviewed. Oceanworks can provide end-to-end audits of its plastics supply chain to inform packaging designers of where the materials they choose are collected, processed and remanufactured.
Oceanworks® Warranty certified recycled plastics are used in Glad to be Green products, Sperry Seacycled sneakers, the Ocean Plastic showerhead by Delta Faucets and many other products. While buyers can browse these products on the Oceanworks website, the real action happens in the company’s online materials catalog. It sells recycled PET (#1), HDPE (#2) and polypropylene (#5) plastics, as well as recycled yarns and fabrics, bottles and zippers made from ocean plastics. Product designers and packaging teams have access to a wide range of materials that contribute to a cleaner world as long as they continue to be recycled responsibly. We are discussing the National Plastic Pollution Prevention Strategythe potential of “advanced recycling” technologies that promise to make plastic as recyclable as metals, and the environmental and recycling impacts of plastics and the additives they contain.
You can learn more about Oceanworks at oceanworks.co.