ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Many companies and brands have made significant, public commitments regarding sustainability. Now, for the first time ever, plastic that is at risk of entering our oceans is being reclaimed, cleaned, and made available to once again be used for food and beverage packaging. Envision Plastics is excited to announce that it can now provide customers with OceanBound Plastic, a post-consumer resin collected from at-risk regions around the globe, specifically manufactured for direct food contact.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Letter of Non-Objection (NOL) regarding the suitability of Envision’s OceanBound Plastic when used at levels up to 100% in recycled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) packaging for all food types under Conditions of Use C-H.
“We are thrilled to receive this NOL from the FDA – it has been years in the making. This product offers brands a solution to their 2025 sustainable packaging goals, in 2019, and now they can make good on their commitments,” said Mark Shafer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Envision Plastics. “We are acutely aware of the image plastics have in the mainstream media and on social networks and are working on solutions to address the questions consumers have about the life cycle of plastics. Never has the desire of consumers and brands, to place their products in more sustainable packaging, been more evident. And with OceanBound Plastic, Envision is offering a high quality post-consumer resin that’s fit for food contact applications, and prevents further pollution of our oceans.”
Historically, efforts to protect oceans from plastic have focused on removing the material after it reached a beach or entered a waterway, but these efforts have failed to collect meaningful volumes. Envision has worked tirelessly to better understand how it can help maximize the use of post-consumer resin in a manner that benefits the environment and supports the needs of Envision’s customers. In 2017, Envision Plastics launched OceanBound Plastic, having partnered with local communities in at-risk areas around the world to recover the plastic before it enters the ocean. Envision’s OceanBound Plastic leverages the capabilities of Envision’s global supply chain and manufacturing expertise to solve this problem and deliver a resin that can be readily integrated into existing manufacturing processes and immediately elevates a brand’s sustainability story.