What are the advantages of using marine plastics?
Krebs: Only advantages. The threat to the oceans is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. Plastic waste threatens fauna and flora, our food chains, our climate. The blue planet is in danger of suffocating in it, and so are we. By collecting ocean-bound plastic and returning it to the cycle, we are providing a solution to this problem. This is not only ecological - our material is 5 times more environmentally friendly than virgin PET according to mc my external expert opinion - but also sustainable in the economic sense: we create a social impact, create jobs and waste management systems, build infrastructure and pass on our knowledge in workshops.
For which end products can the recyclates be used?
Krebs: We received our first orders from the watch industry, from brands in Switzerland, Scandinavia and the USA, for both watch cases and polyester straps. This enabled us to successfully apply our quality standards to high-precision instruments. In the meantime, products from many other industries have been launched: electronic devices, textiles and fabrics, packaging, and even adult toys are made from our material. Meanwhile, we also receive requests for automobiles and vehicle accessories, for furniture or for products in the construction industry. There are basically no limits.
How do you plan to develop your company and your products in the future?
Krebs: We want to become the world's most trusted supplier of sustainable plastic products made from marine plastics. To this end, we are currently expanding, opening up the Americas for example, from sourcing to compounding. We want to offer #tide ocean material seamlessly on every continent by 2025, with a broad distribution network and the shortest possible transport routes. In the medium term, we would also like to license our solution. Our dream would be that only recyclates are used for new products, thus protecting the environment, saving fossil raw materials, and creating great added value.
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