Each piece of plastic has a story. We classify our material sources into six different collection zones that identify the journey from pre-consumer all the way to the high seas. Each material listing on our marketplace is classified to provide members with visibility and choice. Cost and material quality may vary between the source areas. Choose the material and source that best fits your manufacturing, sustainability and marketing strategy.
Material collected from communities with no formal waste management within 50 km of the shore line. This terminology is in accordance with standards and research set by renowned marine debris expert, Jenna Jambeck.
Material found in streams, rivers and other waterways flowing towards the ocean.
Material that has washed up onto beaches and coastlines. Commonly fragmented and showing signs of degradation.
4. Near Shore
Material suspended in the shallow or adjacent areas of the ocean that are close but not accumulating on the shore line.
5. High Seas
Material far from shore, including accumulated floating “gyres.” The collected materials are almost exclusively HDPE, as it floats in ocean water and represents only 6% of the plastics that enter the stream of ocean plastic.