Ocean Plastics & Recycling Solutions

The Plastic Problem

According to Plastic Bank,  on average, each person produces up to 4,200 single-use plastic bottles or 84kg worth of plastic waste each year. Going carbon neutral is a great practice, and reducing your plastic footprint is also a necessity, since plastic production and carbon emissions go hand in hand. The site even has a calculator to determine your personal plastic footprint and ways to get started to make a difference including analyzing your food and drink consumption, clothing (yes, fabrics contain small plastic particles), tech devices that you use, daily transportation (the average car contains more than 300 kg of plastic) and more.

Recycling Solutions

Companies like Ocean Works have committed to providing a marketplace for recycled plastics that have been turned into consumable raw materials for businesses to utilize instead of virgin, newly created plastics. The company processes hundreds of tons of plastic each year, removing it from the oceans and sources where it would have been otherwise disposed of and not reused.

Waste Free Oceans is an organization that “aims to reduce, reuse and ultimately recycle marine litter, mitigating the impact on both the environment and natural resources.” The organization not only strives to influence policy makers, but they are also responsible for collecting plastic waste from the oceans, partnering with recycling facilities and later companies that create new products from the recycled materials.

Many purpose-driven businesses are aiming to recycle more and go as far as using recycled ocean plastics for their products, something that The Happy Labs is formulating for their upcoming new product launch. Brands like Ocean Bottle have a process where a portion of each sale goes directly to a community that can make money by collecting plastic waste in their area, to return for recycling.

Brands such as P&G are also utilizing ocean plastic  recycling for some of their product lines. According to this article, post-consumer-recycled or PCR beach plastic is being used for certain editions of shampoo bottles. It further elaborates that this sort of supply chain in collaboration with several other companies, creates an atmosphere of volunteers and businesses alike coming together to remove plastic from the environment.

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