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Ocean Bound Plastic

What is Ocean-Bound Plastic?

Ocean-Bound Plastic, sometimes referred to as “Prevented Ocean Plastic”, is defined as plastic found near ocean coastlines or major waterways that feed into the ocean, in a country or region which lacks formal waste management infrastructure. This plastic has a high probability of ending up in the ocean. At EP Tech we believe the most effective way to tackle marine plastic is to prevent it from reaching the ocean in the first place.

Why is it so good?

Recycled products made from Ocean-Bound Plastics are the same as Post-Consumer recycled plastics, but with the key difference that this plastic has been collected from communities with no formal waste management systems. These communities must be within 50km of a coast. Chances of this plastic ending up as litter / in the Ocean – Very high. So every piece of Ocean-Bound Plastic used to create a recycled product is plastics that has been stopped from entering our Oceans!

Proudly our supply partner, Oceanworks

The predominant collection area for Oceanworks ocean bound plastics is Southeast Asia, where roughly 60% of the worlds ocean plastics originates.  Collected plastics are recycled into non-contaminates resign pellets, which we source from Oceanworks directly.

It is important to note that in order to be an Ocean Bound product, the collected plastic must be collected within 50km of the Ocean, not directly from the Ocean itself.

Authenticity & Trust

To ensure our customer are receiving authentic materials, all orders come with a certificate of authenticity.

The Ocean bound resin from Oceanworks is backed by governing bodies such as the Control Union - who developed the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) in 2008.

Learn more about the Global Recycle Standard

By purchasing Ocean-Bound Plastic, you have:

Stopped the equivalent amount of plastic entering the ocean as litter.

Stopped the equivalent amount of plastic entering the ocean as litter.
Reduced the need for virgin plastic.

Reduced the need for virgin plastic.
Created jobs and stimulated the economy in developing nations and helped them clean up their communities.

Created jobs and stimulated the economy in developing nations and helped them clean up their communities.
Made us a step closer to our shared goal of plastic free oceans.

Made us a step closer to our shared goal of plastic free oceans.

Each ton of recycled plastic has a dramatic impact on the environment.


8 million metric tonnes of plastic enter the oceans annually.

80% of this comes from land-based sources.

If nothing is done by 2050 plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish.

95% of plastic packaging is used only once.

Empowering Local Communities

We turn off the tap on ocean plastic and improve lives in collector communities by directly incentivizing the removal of plastic waste from the local environment.

The local communities where the plastic is collected from currently do not have any formal waste management in place, so the plastic waste is just scattered randomly throughout the communities. By purchasing an Ocean Bound plastic product, you are helping to pay local entrepreneurs in these communities to clean up their environment.

By incentivizing these developing communities to clean up their environment, you are not only preventing waste entering the ocean but also providing employment and stimulating developing economies.

The product can then be recycled again contributing perfectly to the circular economy.

A circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular systems employ reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling to create a closed-loop system, minimising the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution, and carbon emissions. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment, and infrastructure in use for longer, thus improving the productivity of these resources.

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