Earth911 Podcast: Vanessa Coleman on Oceanworks’ Guaranteed Recycled Plastic

Earth911 Podcast: Vanessa Coleman on Oceanworks’ Guaranteed Recycled Plastic

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According to the World Economic Forum, between 75 and 199 million tons of plastic waste are floating in and polluting the world’s oceans. The 5 Gyres Institute reports that the quantity of plastic coming into the seas doubles each six years. There are real efforts to develop round, sustainable packaging amid waves of greenwashing claims. Meet Vanessa Coleman, CEO of Oceanworks, which collects ocean plastics for recycling that it sells to corporations dedicated to utilizing post-consumer recycled, or PCR, plastics in new merchandise and packaging. Oceanworks has developed a community of companions that acquire and recycle plastics discovered on seashores and in waterways all over the world, which the Oceanworks Guaranteed® label can establish — these applications’ environmental, social, and recycling practices are reviewed recurrently. Oceanworks can present end-to-end audits of its plastics provide chain to tell packaging designers about the place the supplies they select are collected, processed, and remanufactured.

Vanessa Coleman, CEO of Oceanworks
Vanessa Coleman, CEO of Oceanworks, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Oceanworks Guaranteed® licensed recycled plastics are utilized in Glad to be Green merchandise, Sperry Seacycled sneakers, Delta Faucets’ Ocean Plastic Shower Head, and lots of different merchandise. While consumers can browse these merchandise at Oceanworks’ web site, the actual motion occurs within the firm’s on-line supplies catalog. It sells recycled PET (#1), HDPE (#2), and polypropylene (#5) plastics, in addition to recycled yarns and materials, bottles, and zippers constituted of ocean plastics. Product designers and the groups accountable for packaging get entry to a variety of supplies that contribute to a cleaner world so long as they proceed to be recycled responsibly. We focus on the National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution, the potential for “advanced recycling” applied sciences that promise to make plastic as recyclable as metals, and the environmental and recycling impacts of plastics and the components they comprise.

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