Cleaner rivers, cleaner oceans!!!
Almost 2 billion plastic bottles and tons of discarded fishing nets have been collected to date by our crews and supporters in seven different locations around the world.
The debris are sorted, cleaned and separated into different polymer types. Our partner recycler then creates small pellets or yarns by melting the plastic together.
We transforms ocean plastic into new, innovative products. We partner with recyclers, converters and brands to make optimal use of available resources and raise awareness of plastic pollution.
What is closed loop recycling?
Closed loop recycling may be a term you have heard before, or perhaps not, but we thought it might be helpful to delve into the topic on our blog and discuss what closed loop recycling is and why it is important.
In a nutshell, closed loop recycling is the process by which a product is used, recycled, and then made into a new product — therefore not ever entering landfill or the ocean!!
This means that these waste types are better for the environment than those that are recycled but have to be mixed with virgin materials to make new products (this is open loop recycling), and, of course, those that can’t be recycled at all.
What's our plan?
In partnership with the University of Derby and Veolia, we will start next September the first closed loop project in the UK involving student and their commitment to use and re-use all the plastic bottles coming from the university different campuses.
How are we going to do it?
Think Ocean will deploy containers at the university for the students to deposit the bottles. Once the containers are full, Veolia will transport the material to a recycling and transforming facility where the plastic will be converted into pellets.
Following a strict chain of custody, Think Ocean will then transport the pellets to one of our trusted manufacturing partners where we will produce items for the university, using exclusively their plastic.
Ocean Plastic is plastic waste littered or leaked into the environment that is floating or will eventually end up in the rivers, seas and oceans. It can be found in rivers, riverbeds, sewage systems, between rocks, on beaches, in coastal regions, seas, oceans etc.
This plastic waste escapes the circularity routes of official waste collection systems operated by extended producers responsibility schemes and counts today for 1% of the total plastic waste globally.
Each piece of plastic has a story. We classify our material sources into five different collection zones that identify the journey from pre-consumer all the way to the high seas. Each material we use and that is available is classified to provide to the public with visibility and understanding.
By choosing to source Think Ocean Guaranteed Material, you’re taking a stand against plastic pollution and becoming a part of the new wave. Say hello to the Sustainable Economy!!!
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.