Why Ocean Bound Plastic
Did you know that every minute of every day a truckload of plastic is dumped into our oceans? By the time you finish reading, there will be 3 more dumpsters of plastic entering the ocean.
Sounds disturbing, right?
Depending on the type and where it is disposed, plastic items can take days to hundreds of years to break down into very small pieces. Tiny pieces of plastic are even now found in the food we eat and beverages we drink!
The use of plastic is almost unavoidable in today’s society so there is pressure on companies to use biodegradable and recycled plastic materials in any new product production. With that in mind, it seems we are swimming in the largest source of materials on earth, with over 5 trillion pieces of plastic!
The LowTides armrests and kickplates are molded with upcycled HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pellets. The HDPE is built using resin, plastic particles that are sourced from 100% ocean bound plastic. Ocean bound signifies that it was collected, through local community collection efforts, within 50km of a coastline.
Ocean bound plastic is different from other recycled plastic because our supply chain sources from target areas around the globe called At-Risk Zones. These places, unfortunately, lack professional collection efforts to recycle and as a result there is a high likelihood that the plastic will enter landfills, the environment and even our oceans.
LowTides Ocean Products works with leaders in the industry of upcycling that source ocean bound plastic. This ties together LowTides' love, the ocean, with its desire, to ensure the ocean's beauty for generations. Our material comes from key At-Risk Zones on Java (Indonesia), the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) and Haiti. We work with qualified partners directly at the source to ensure the ocean bound plastic is 100% traceable.