All Plastics are Not Equal
Understand our material approval process and supplier criteria
- Collection Quality: Guaranteed authenticity and performance, built upon honest disclosure of material composition.
- Transparency: Maintain chain-of-custody on all materials starting at their original source.
- Ethical Treatment of People & Planet: A commitment to protect and respect life, both current and future.
- Maintain compliance with local business regulations: Global cooperation starts with local and lawful organization.
Material Approval Process
Before we can accept an ocean plastic resin into the marketplace, a number of steps take place to maintain quality standards that the commercial market demands.
Every resin available in the marketplace has been thoroughly vetted through our on-boarding process. Our suppliers take pride in the quality of the recycled ocean plastics they provide and we share their passion for quality by providing rigorous testing by an independent third party laboratory.
- 5kg Sample Material Requested: Guaranteed authenticity and performance, built upon honest disclosure of material composition.
- Third Party Testing: Maintain chain-of-custody on all materials starting at their original source.
- TDS and SDS comparisons: A commitment to protect and respect life, both current and future.
- Onboarding: Global cooperation starts with local and lawful organization.
Supplier Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct (COC) is administered by Oceanworks Inc. and may be randomly audited by third party inspectors. If COC terms are found to have been violated the product may not carry the Oceanworks Guarantee and the infringing companies may not be permitted to continue to operate within the Oceanworks Marketplace. When applicable, the companies who work with us can take further verification actions with our audit and certification partners SGS and Control Union who specialize in meeting the requirements and standards unique to each corporate customer we supply.
Guaranteed authenticity and performance, built upon honest disclosure of material composition. Materials must be safe and free from heavy metal, biological, and chemical contamination. Collection efforts must protect and respect biodiversity, water and land use, emission mitigation, and chemical safety.
Maintaining chain-of-custody on all materials starting at their original source. A chain-of-custody is initiated the moment plastic material is collected and describes the management and documentation needed from reclamation to market. Flows of material will be tracked by Transfer Certificates. These certificates will be used to generate a unique reference identifier for each material batch/product combination. Data must be provided on ocean plastic utilization in the manufacturing process (e.g., yields, kg/unit) to enable traceability on a mass balance basis. Transfer certificates will be used to document the change in legal ownership of verified ocean plastic material or products. These Transfer Certificates are based on the POs and associated bills of lading and document material quantity, type, location and date of shipment.
Ethical Treatment of People and Planet
A commitment to protect and respect life, both current and future. Members of the Oceanworks Marketplace agree to operate within the International Labour Organization (ILO) Standards. Prioritizing the dignity, well being, and safety of all life impacted by operational activities. With zero tolerance for forced labor or child labor; including slavery, human trafficking, involuntary, prison labor, or individuals compelled to work through physical threat. Working environments must be kept safe, healthy, and clean to avoid injury or accident. Work environments must adhere to all local, state, and federal laws for sanitation and safety. Environmental efforts must be made towards the ongoing innovation of operations to prioritize the preservation of the environment. This includes meeting required chemical restrictions, safety labeling, and proper storage and handling to ensure the mitigation of hazardous chemicals being released into the environment.
Maintain compliance with local business regulations
Global cooperation starts with local and lawful organization. Step one; obey the law. Marketplace Members must comply with all applicable laws and regulations within the country(s) that they operate. When conflict is found within governing bodies, Members are expected to adhere to the highest standard that prioritizes the health and safety of their employees.