Packaging Gateway: Ocean plastic: will more packaging companies take the plunge?
Oceanworks was mentioned in a recent article from Packaging Gateway. Read an excerpt:
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.
“There’s a lot of confusion as to what polymer types qualify for being ocean plastic and, most importantly, how you manufacture with it,” says Ianelli. “We were contacted by so many companies from different industries saying ‘we want to get involved in ocean plastics; how did you do this?’”
This confusion triggered the creation of Oceanworks, which allows manufacturers to sample dozens of different polymers collected from around the world at different grades and qualities. This, Ianelli says, allows companies to make the best business decisions on price, quality and proximity. Consumers, meanwhile, can observe the authenticity of plastic from the organisation’s Oceansmade™ mark featured on its partners’ products.