Time To Act Is Now
Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.
Our Ocean Plastics
At Waste2Wear we help our clients reach their United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 14 concerning ‘life below water’, particularly “prevent and reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities.” According to the UN coastal waters are deteriorating because of ocean pollution and less oxygen in the water. While the oceans can absorb a large volume of CO2 caused by human activities, it causes the water to warm, resulting in marine heatwaves which harms ocean life.
We came into business to reduce the amount of plastic in the world, initially on land but since 2018 we also work closely with NGOs, Universities and local Chinese governments collecting ocean plastics. We are guided by the local experts to gather the plastics in the congested meanderings along rivers where serious amounts of plastic pollution gathers. We engage professional collectors to gather the plastic. It is a slow but important process and at present due to the manner in which we recycle plastic to products, our ocean plastic content in any fabric has a 30% content. This is currently the highest percentage of ocean fabric available. Plus it is the most pure; being collected from within 500 meters of the shore. Unlike some of our competitors who classify plastic collected up to 50 kilometers from the shore as ocean plastic, we are strict in our terms. When you buy our ocean plastic, you know that it has been gathered within 500 meters of the shoreline. Otherwise, we classify it as pre-landfill. More time and labour is involved in this form of plastic collection. For these reasons, it costs more than our regular (pre-landfill) RPET fabrics. We aim to increase the percentage of ocean plastic and reduce the cost as our business expands.
Initiated by Waste2Wear, the Ocean Plastic Project brought together stakeholders from different sectors in a joint effort to find solutions to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. In 2021, in collaboration with eight Dutch retail companies, the project contributed to the recycling of 2 million PET bottles into innovative fabrics for fashion, swimwear, outdoor and interior.
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