There are currently more than 86 million metric tons of plastic in our ocean, and each year, over 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean. The NextWave Plastic consortium’s member companies are actively decreasing the volume of plastic waste and nylon litter before it enters the ocean by integrating ocean-bound plastics, such as abandoned fishing gear, into their products and packaging.
NextWave Plastics is a collaborative and open-source initiative (and 2019 Halo Award winner!) convening leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains led by nonprofit Lonely Whale. Together, NextWave member companies are proving that ocean-bound materials can go from linear to circular and in doing so are creating value for what is currently considered a waste product.
Exploring case studies from NextWave member companies, such as Trek, HP, Interface and Herman Miller, this webinar uncovers the challenges and benefits of open-source collaboration and investing in new economies of scale to further the circular economy.
You will learn:
- How NextWave member companies are creating supply chains that support inclusive business principles, promote circularity, and allow for the integration of recycled and innovative materials.
- The importance of and challenges in developing transparent and reliable supply chains for ocean-bound plastic and other sustainable materials that rely on informal economies.
- How transparent, open-source collaboration can support the development of operational and commercially viable circular economy supply chains.
- How NextWave member companies have worked to gain internal buy-in for participation in collaborative initiatives such as NextWave, and collaborate within and across industries.