Description/achievement of initiative
A lot of what we believe in isn’t revolutionary. Cleaner oceans. Sustainable lifestyles. Waste as a resource. Every year, more than eight million tons of plastic trash land in the ocean. Tide Ocean SA admits to reprocess ocean, coastlines and uncontrolled ocean side landfills plastic and up-cycle this valuable raw material that can be used in a range of sustainable products such as hard plastic products and textiles made from 100% ocean related plastic. Tide Ocean SA believes in the necessity of a circular economy and protecting the environment.
The Tide labeled raw material is tested and produced in partnership with the Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing (IWK), a branch of the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik) in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Together, IWK and #tide have developed a formula that regenerates the plastic granules and reverses the damage caused by the UV rays and salt water the plastic trash was exposed to while floating in the ocean or washed ashore. Additionally it is compounded with the help of solar energy to reduce the carbon footprint during production stage.
Tide is processing all kinds of plastic, not just PET bottles. Hard plastics like shampoo bottles and plastic containers can be used to recreate new plastic products such as watches, furniture and electronic devices, or in the interior of a car. Additionally Tide has successfully achieved to create a yarn for apparel, home & office interiors, carpets or bags.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Tide has capacity to process more than 1'000 tons of plastic within its compounding center in Switzerland plus it has further potential due to the strong partnership with Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing (IWK), a branch of the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik) in Rapperswil, Switzerland
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Tide has partnered up with local organisations and local people in South East Asia (Phillipines & Thailand) to pay the local collection a specific price per collected ocean plastic. This income will enable the collector to make a living and support his family and local ecosystem.
Tide Ocean SA, Basel, Switzerland
Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing (IWK), a branch of the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik) in Rapperswil, Switzerland