By Michael Taylor
MUSCAT, OMAN, February 12, 2019
Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s oceans from coastal regions. That is about equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the planet. All this plastic is causing harm to the oceans and all the creatures dependent upon them for survival including humankind. China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka are the five largest polluters when it comes to ocean dumping. These five countries combined represent nearly sixty percent of the plastic waste being dumped in the oceans.
OceanBound Plastic is a sustainable product, made from plastic at-risk of entering our oceans collected from those countries where it is most likely to end up in the oceans. Every pound of OceanBound Plastic used is a pound of plastic that would have been permanently lost. Products and packaging made with OceanBound Plastic becomes part of the formal waste stream and can be recycled over and over just like any other plastic. In this project, Envision Plastics collects and recycles the waste, Klöckner Pentaplast processes the material into sheets, and Plastic Printers produce the business cards from the sheet.
“At my former position in the plastics industry, we had our business cards created from recycled Mountain Dew bottles. Everywhere we went, our cards generated a very positive reaction from our customers, members of the media, and with those whom we met on Capitol Hill,” says Gene Sanders, Executive Director, SNAME.
“Without the oceans, seas, and waterways, we have no maritime industry, so our commitment to the ocean eco-system should be greater than anyone else’s. I am proud that we are leaders in this area, and we need more companies and organizations to follow our lead,” added Sanders.
“A key to ensuring financial stability around the effort will be getting big consumer packaged goods companies to commit to buying OceanBound resin, says Tamsin Ettefagh, Vice President, Envision Plastics. “Otherwise, Envision may have to reduce its purchases of material.”
“In order to make collecting what we define as OceanBound plastic waste sustainable, Envision and the places we collect the scrap from need customers willing to make longer commitments than many of one-off purchases we have seen,” she says.
From June 2017 to May 2018, Envision recycled 5.2 million pounds of plastic recovered from coastal areas of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Ettefagh says, “the company is set to collect the same amount in the second year of the initiative, putting it on track to meet its [current] goal of 10 million pounds.”
With the project, Envision pays prices to suppliers that would be competitive in the U.S. market, so the foreign suppliers can create jobs, instead of relying on volunteers, and generate bales with specifications roughly equivalent to domestic curbside bales.
“Plastic Printers is beyond excited and so grateful to have the opportunity to impact our environment and planet by helping find ways to repurpose OceanBound Plastic. As we have requests daily for business cards made out of recycled materials, it is with great pleasure we help announce that recycled OceanBound plastic cards will be available beyond SNAME HQ staff soon,” says Katie Buss, Director of Marketing, Plastic Printers.
If you want to be among the first to know when these amazing cards are available for purchase, register here: https://www.plasticprinters.com/ocean-bound-plastic-cards
Organized in 1893, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) is an internationally recognized non-profit, professional society of individual members serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. With more than 6,000 members around the world in 85 countries, SNAME is THE International Community for Maritime and Ocean Professionals!