Ocean Plastic: Will More Packaging Companies Take the Plunge?
"While environmental organisations slowly pick away at the plastic icebergs clogging up the ocean, companies on land are seeking to reintroduce the fruit of their hauls back into the supply chain. What are the current challenges involved in using reclaimed ocean plastic in packaging and will more companies move into the field in the future?
For Oceanworks CEO and co-founder Rob Ianelli, the hurdles are all too familiar. Ianelli’s previous company, Norton Point, launched the world’s first sunglasses made from high-density polyethylene recovered from the ocean back in 2016. This involved sourcing raw materials, finding a processor to convert plastics back into pellet form, and working with a manufacturer to stitch together the Kickstarter-funded product. The process was a time-consuming journey into unchartered waters." Read Article