Washing-up liquid bottle made from 50% ocean plastic goes on sale

By: Clare Fischer
Date posted: 25 October 2017

A detergent bottle made of 50% plastic collected from the ocean has gone on sale in the UK. It’s a limited edition – shame the plastic in the ocean isn’t limited too.

A detergent bottle made of 50% plastic collected from the ocean has gone on sale in the UK. It’s a limited edition – shame the plastic in the ocean isn’t limited too.
The washing-up liquid bottle, from Belgium-based Ecover, makers of natural and biodegradable cleaning products, is believed to be the first container to have such a high ocean plastic content.

The bottles are made from eight tonnes of plastic collected from the Rio De Janeiro bay as part of a clean-up to prepare for the 2016 Olympics.

250,000 bottles will be sold across Europe.

The limited edition bottle will sell for a recommended retail price of £2 at selected Tesco stores nationwide.

Researchers estimate that eight million tonnes of plastic pollution enters the ocean globally every year.

Ecover spokesman Tom Domen said: “We launched our first ocean bottle in 2014 to raise awareness of the impact of ocean plastic on marine life. It’s great that the issue has shot up the agenda now but the debate for us needs to move on.

“We need to totally re-think plastic. How we make it, use it, re-use it and recycle it. We think industry should take more responsibility because a durable material like plastic for single use is systemically wrong.”

During this years, Great British Beach Clean, MCS began working with innovative recycling company, TerraCycle, to collect and recycle rigid marine plastics into new recyclable products!

We asked our volunteers to separate out plastics you couldn’t tie a knot in for collection by Terracycle. They remove obvious contamination, and the plastic then goes through sorting, washing, drying, and grinding steps.

Individual polymers are custom-formulated into a pellet that can be used by packaging companies.

Look out for washing-up liquid bottles on sale in the UK next summer – made from the litter our volunteers collected!

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