Can We Still Use Plastic Found in the Ocean?

November 14, 2018

Plastic has always been an issue for the environment—especially the ocean. People have been rallying support against plastics, prompting them to buy eco-friendly materials for the products they use as an alternative.

For the plastic industry, it’s confusing whether the products really provide a solution or they end up being a problem for everyone to solve.

The industry came to recognize there is a problem, and therefore, found a solution.
All kinds of plastic goes to waste, and most end up in landfills and in the oceans. Plastic has been a problem for a long time, and it’s about time to address it before it’s too late.

The Solution That Aims to Reduce our Plastic Waste

To prevent more waste from coming, a group of companies started a movement to block these wastes and capture them right before they hit the ocean.

Classified as ocean-bound plastics, to the plastic industry, these are the easiest to recycle.
Chris Leonardi, Executive Vice President at Reflex Packaging admitted that he was doubtful, at first, about the idea of using recycled plastics collected from the environment.

After his research, he realized that most of the plastic is going to be degraded after being in the water for too long. He considers it already lost unless somebody figures out a use for it. However, capturing plastics before it gets a chance to enter the water makes perfect sense to him. But he knew that the idea of trying to capture the waste before it ends up in the ocean will be costly as it needs gallons of fuel and a boat to pick these materials up. He believes that if a bunch of electronic firms puts it on one or two of their platforms, the pipeline pulling the plastic would just accelerate and get the cost down, which would prevent more plastic from ending up in the water.

A lot of Companies now use Ocean-bound Plastics in their Process of Packaging Products.

Envision Plastics LLC, for example, create the recycled high-density polyethylene resin as the material for protective packaging supplied to Reflex Packaging Inc., in Santa Ana, California, who makes the protective packaging to be used by Juniper Networks Inc., of Sunnyvale California to protect their firewall security systems product during shipping.

These ocean-bound plastics, branded as OceanBound resin by Envision Plastics LLC, are being recycled to handle fragile electronics such as laptops, hard drives and the likes through thermoformed cushion packaging.

The Precision Form Plastics Difference

This is why in Plastiform, the thermoformed cushion packages are engineered to absorb shock, vibration, and impact to ensure that the product is 100% safe during shipment.

As it is made from the most commonly recycled plastic, The Precision Form Plastic’s cushion packaging has clear advantages over Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) and other foam cushioning systems. These cushions are also thermoformed, making it particle-free which benefits dust-sensitive electronic and medical devices.

The Precision Form Plastics’s cushion packaging isn’t only just about the protection of your product and helping the environment, we also put our mind in our partner’s situation.

We want you to save costs, especially for warehouse storage and shipping. These cushions have an engineered contour and thin-gauge polyethylene that enables them to stack/nest compactly, which generates up to 85% space savings in storage and shipping.

The costs for packaging that uses oceanbound resins may be expensive at the start as the demand lags even though there’s an abundance of supply. However, the companies who started using this material believes that over time, the cost will go down as soon as people learn about it and start choosing products that use ocean-bound plastic materials.

Maybe it’s time for us to think about how we can preserve the environment through little actions like participating in the usage of ocean-bound plastic materials for our products.

If you’re interested to join the cause, contact us and let’s discuss how we can help you and the environment.