OCN plastic is a sustainable alternative to standard recycled plastic and to the creation of virgin material. Developed by Galileo Watermark, it uses reclaimed and repurposed plastic from our oceans, sea and waterways to create plastic cosmetic packaging. Our cosmetic OCN range is the first launch in our ocean recycled plastic collection. It has been specifically developed for the airline industry with gentle yet effective formulations.
When plastics began to be produced over six decades ago, nobody imagined their use would accelerate as rapidly as it has. Fast-forward to 2017 and we have collectively created over 8.3 billion metric tons in disposable products, with most of this destined to end up as waste within a year. Given that plastics can take anywhere from 500-1000 years to degrade, almost all plastic that has ever been manufactured still exists in our world in some shape or form.
With movement into our waterways inevitable, approximately 8 million tons of plastic makes its way into the ocean every year, alarming figures indicate that in 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Galileo Watermark is working with a number of partners to collect plastic from coastal areas and waterways around the world to then recycle and repurpose the plastic for other uses. OCN plastic is a significant leap forwards in Galileo Watermark's sustainability efforts and testament to the mindset that is it not sufficient to just do things better but in fact we have the responsibility to do better things.
We work with a number of partners to collect plastic rubbish from beaches, waterways and canals in various locations. These plastics are then transported to a centralised sorting facility where they are sorted from other non-recyclable material. From here it is washed and treated and refined in to pellets so that it can then be used in the creation of new products.
Drawing on its skincare expertise and working with an experienced team of chemists, Galileo Watermark has developed its formulations to be highly effective, cruelty free and high in naturals. Designed to counteract the skincare concerns often experienced in dry conditions the formulations are highly nourishing and, inspired by the oceans, they are as eco-friendly as the tube itself.
Ultimately we need to look at the man made plastic problem holistically, OCN is just a small part of our internal sustainability efforts. To address the problem and stop plastics entering our oceans we need to address many things.
Reduce plastic production
Show innovation with material choices in design
Reduce waste generation or incorporate closed loop cycles
Improve litter capture
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