Countries with the greatest risk of plastic entering the ocean are marked in red.1

FAQs

What is HDPE?

imgA: High density Polyethylene, more commonly referred to as HDPE, is a plastic material used in many common packaging applications. Some of the more common packaging applications, include milk and water jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles and some plastic bags. HDPE can also be found in items as disparate as flower pots, children’s toys, and automotive components. Materials made with HDPE carry the triangle with the number two (#2) symbol on the bottom for easy identification.

What is OceanBound Plastic?

A: Plastic obtained from Qualified Partners and verified as originating in the At-Risk Zone meets Envision’s criteria as OceanBound Plastic source material. Envision has combined supply chain experience with technical expertise and patented processes to transform plastic at-risk of polluting our oceans into a reliable resin, OceanBound Plastic.

What is the At-Risk Zone?

A: Envision defines the At-Risk Zone as the area within 50km of a coast line. The area determined to be the great risk of generating land based marine debris based on scientist research.1 We focus our collection efforts in At-Risk Zones that lack formal community based waste collection

Why is it important to use OceanBound Plastic?

A: “At least 80 percent of ocean plastic comes from landbased sources, but the actual number is probably much higher.” Stemming the Tide 2015, Ocean Conservancy. Conservative estimates suggest that approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the ocean from land in 20101, much of this began on land as mismanaged plastic that lacked professional collection and disposal systems. By using OceanBound Plastic you are encouraging the development of formal collection programs in places where they do not currently exist.

Can OceanBound Plastic be recycled again?

A: Yes! The source material for OceanBound Plastic is HDPE at risk of polluting the ocean. Because, OceanBound Plastic is HDPE, it can be recycled in the same channels and processes as any other HDPE product. Products made with OceanBound Plastic are just as recyclable as products made with PCR or virgin resin.

How is OceanBound Plastic different from other recycled plastic?

A: A majority of recycled plastic used in everyday items comes from plastic collected at your curb by professional waste management companies. This plastic is then sorted and further processed into various products and packaging. Envision’s OceanBound Plastic however, is sourced from areas lacking such professional collection efforts as a result there is a high likelihood that the plastic in these at-risk zones will enter the ocean. Envision works with their Qualified Partners to professionalize the collection stream, collect this plastic, and manufacture it into usable products.

What is Post Consumer Resin (PCR)?

A: Plastic made from products that have completed their intended purpose. For example, if you purchase a bottle of laundry detergent from your local store and when finished, place the empty container in your curb pick up recycling bin, the plastic will be recycled into what is referred to as Post Consumer Resin and is used to make new products and packaging.

Is the OceanBound Plastic source material traceable?

A: Yes! Envision works with Qualified Partners directly at the source, but it is up to the brand to inform the consumer about the journey the plastic takes before becoming an end product

What is a qualified partner?

A: Qualified Partners must satisfy several criteria before they can be considered a supplier for OceanBound Plastic source material. The most important criteria is the Envision Verification Process, a regular recertification process that includes completing our proprietary scorecard and on-site inspections.

How does OceanBound Plastic contribute to cleaner oceans, free from plastic pollution?

A: Envision’s OceanBound Plastic is by definition, obtained by Qualified Partners from land-based sources, which scientific evidence supports is the most at-risk of entering the ocean. In other words, without the proper waste management structure, supported by Envision Plastics, the plastic has a high risk of entering the oceans.

What would happen to the source material if it did not become OceanBound Plastic?

A: Scientific studies suggest that the source materials used in OceanBound Plastic have a high likelihood of entering the ocean if a proper disposal stream is not created.

How can Envision commit to 10 million pounds when collection efforts of similar materials have proven challenging for others?

A: Envision has carefully researched the areas where plastic waste is the most at-risk of entering the ocean and set up Qualified Partnerships with local communities to provide source material. Prior to qualification, Envision ensures that our partners have the capacity to meet the requested supply demands of our customers. Once a supplier is qualified Envision will work with the supplier to professionalize collection efforts which leads to local jobs, maintain high quality standards, and develop alternative revenue streams to professionally dispose of other waste collected.

What does circular economy mean?

A: This is a commonly used term to describe a closed loop where products are made, used, recycled, and then made again. This loop repeats over and over, until something breaks the cycle

What is upcycling?

A: Reusing a product in a way that makes the new use higher value than the original. Turning trash into something useable is one example. OceanBound Plastic is Envision’s way of upcycling plastic at risk of polluting the ocean and turning it into a recyclable product within the circular economy.