USA – Eco-products developer Method has developed a bottle comprising 100% post-consumer polyethylene, of which 25% is plastic collected from the Pacific Gyre, the constantly circulating concentration of marine debris also known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’.
Working in partnership with US recycling group Envision Plastics, Method has pioneered an integrated recycling process to clean the plastic, remove contaminants, blend it and produce ‘Ocean PCR’, which it claims is the same quality as virgin HDPE.
‘We’ve created a usable bottle from ocean plastic and upcycled it into something useful that can be recycled again and again,’ said Method co-founder Adam Lowry. ‘Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness that the real solution to plastic pollution lies in reusing and recycling the plastic that’s already on the planet.’
The company’s focus now is on collecting enough usable plastic from the ocean to form a significant feedstock for the bottle-making process.
Method made its first bottle entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic in 2006. It has continued to develop the technology and now makes tens of millions of bottles a year that are completely free from virgin polymer.
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