Ocean Legacy Foundation has just announced that they have produced the first commercially available plastic pellet in North America, called Legacy Plastic, which turns ocean plastic waste into a viable building material for new products. This pellet is made from 100% recycled post-consumer ocean plastics from ocean, shoreline and marine cleanup.

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“This is a huge milestone for Ocean Legacy Foundation as creating opportunities that bolster the use of materials collected during cleanup into new products will continue to advance the success of the plastic circular economy,” said Chloé Dubois, cofounder of the Ocean Legacy Foundation.

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Legacy Plastic is made from recovered marine gear including buoys, fishing ropes, oyster trays and other marine products. These materials are recovered from the Pacific Coast through Ocean Legacy depots, ocean recovery expeditions out at sea and cleanup expeditions as well as partner organizations helping clean up plastics from the Pacific Northwest coastline.

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Furthermore, Ocean Legacy is creating a program that makes plastic recycling viable and profitable, which is intended to create an economically sustainable revenue stream. This helps companies achieve their climate sustainability goals and manufacture their products using local, high quality post-consumer recycled content resins that have a relatively lower carbon footprint compared to virgin plastics.

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Additionally, Legacy Plastic is made in Western Canada entirely from recovered plastic. The foundation partners with Full Circle Plastics from Nobelford, Alberta, to create Full Circle Plastics’ line of plastic lumber used in commercial, industrial and residential construction. These products can replace many traditional lumber applications, such as planter boxes, fence posts, decking and outdoor furniture.

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As companies harvest plastics from the ocean and pump them back into a more sustainable circular economy, we are looking forward to the progress our society can make cleaning up pollution, keeping the oceans and water supply cleaner, while also creating more sustainable consumer products. All of this aligns naturally with goals for a prosperous future.

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