It’s true! We are proud to have partnered with LUSH to remove 27 tonnes of marine debris and turn it into LUSH packaging!
“Turning Ocean Plastic into Packaging
It’s early June and the folks at The Ocean Legacy Foundation are preparing for a summer full of ocean cleanup expeditions and community engagement.
They’ll be spending the next few months on the waters of the Pacific Northwest, collecting plastic waste that’s littering our waters and shores, and training volunteers to do the same.
Plastic itself, however, isn’t the problem. It’s a durable material that’s fabulous for structures and products that are meant to last, but it’s widely being used for single-use packaging and disposable items, creating waste that won’t break down for centuries. Its proper disposal is simply not a priority, as evidenced by the estimated five trillion pieces of it floating in our oceans, poisoning marine life and disrupting ecosystems.
But what if there was an economic incentive to clean up the plastic that’s choking our oceans?
Pollution to packaging
Lush and Ocean Legacy have teamed up to create an innovative solution to ocean plastic pollution. Ocean Legacy operates plastic collection expeditions, removing harmful waste from the marine ecosystem. And Lush buyer Gary Calicdan has agreed to purchase this plastic for use in our 100% recycled plastic bottles and pots. It’s a match made in plastic heaven!
“We started out with Ocean Legacy as a Charity Pot partner,” says Calicdan. He soon realized the potential for their plastic to become part of our sustainable packaging and the partnership grew.
The value of ocean plastic
Historically, there hasn’t been much monetary incentive to clean up ocean plastic. The process of collecting, washing, sorting and reprocessing was simply too inefficient to be economically viable, and many recyclers wouldn’t accept the recovered material because it was badly degraded. This left cleanup efforts largely supported by donations, grants and dedicated volunteers.
Ocean Legacy has been operating as a non-profit since 2014, and the partnership with the Lush buying team marks the first time they’ll be able to sell the plastic they collect. For Chloé Dubois, Co-founder of Ocean Legacy, this marks the beginning of a movement to create an economy around ocean cleanup.
“This is really setting a precedent to allow us to offer incentive to the communities that we’re working with. The long-term vision is to set up these intake centers around the world where people can bring in waste plastics for compensation or other resources they may need…it’s really creating a springboard for the rest of the world to follow.”
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It’s always helpful for our marine debris cleanup endeavors if you to purchase a LUSH Charity Pot!
Sept 2017 Update: We are proud to note, that Madu Dhasanayaka Mudiyauselage who works for LUSH as a Senior Compounder, has joined our crew as our Director of Education! He not only brings us a wealth of information, he is a big contributor to cleaning shorelines and sorting marine debris for our foundation (and our Ocean) 😉 Contact Madu
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