The Ocean Cleanup to produce products from garbage catch plastic

Deborah Williams 13 December 2019 (Last Updated December 13th, 2019 11:51)

Dutch non-profit organisation The Ocean Cleanup has announced it will make products from plastic caught in its first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The Ocean Cleanup to produce products from garbage catch plastic
The Ocean Cleanup to produce products from garbage catch plastic. Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

Dutch non-profit organisation The Ocean Cleanup has announced it will make products from plastic caught in its first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat said that the plastic waste will be turned into sustainable products that will be sold to help fund the continuation of the clean-up operations. The Ocean Cleanup has worked with international classification society DNV GL to approve the origin of the future plastic products and verify the plastic that is removed from the ocean.

The organisation said that this attempt will be the first time in producing products fully made from plastic taken out of the ocean, with the road ahead for the catch likely to be challenging. The Ocean Cleanup expects to launch the products in September 2020, with details of the product, pricing and quantity also to be included.

Supporters can get involved in the project by donating €50 or $50 to gain access to the first product made. The donation will contribute to the removal of more ocean plastic.

Slat said: “Welcoming the first catch of plastic on land is the moment we have been looking forward to for years. I believe we can use this trash to turn a problem into a solution by transforming this unique material into a beautiful product. As most people will never go to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, through these products, we aim to give everyone the opportunity to take part in the clean-up.”

DNV GL business assurance CEO Luca Crisciotti said: “Building trust through standards and independent verification has been DNV GL’s work and mission for more than 155 years. Our objective has always been to address challenges at hand, contributing to safer and more sustainable outcomes in a transparent way. When purchasing products verified by DNV GL, consumers can fully trust that it is an ocean plastic product and that they are contributing to the solution.”

In October this year, the 600m long (2,000ft) floating boom successfully retrieved ocean plastic from the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

Ocean plastic continues to be transformed into sustainable packaging

The Ocean Cleanup is among the long list of organisations, companies and governments working to remove ocean plastic and transform it into sustainable products.

Household consumer goods manufacturer SC Johnson announced a global partnership with Plastic Bank to address the issues of ocean plastic waste and poverty. The partnership includes the development of a 100% social plastic bottle made from material collected by Plastic Bank. The bottle will launch in February 2020 for SC Johnson’s Windex product range.

Earlier this year, US-based cannabis packaging solutions provider Sana Packaging also introduced a new line of 100% reclaimed ocean plastic products in partnership with Oceanworks.

Last year, investment management firm Circulate Capital announced plans to raise $90m in funding from major CPG and chemical companies to combat ocean plastic across South and Southeast Asia. The companies include: PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, Dow, Danone, Unilever, and The Coca-Cola Company.