Business solutions for cleaner oceans

OceanCycle is a social enterprise focused on preventing ocean plastic pollution and improving livelihoods in coastal communities through certification and direct social interventions.

Through certification, our partners have achieved:

Bottles Diverted from the Ocean

Income to Coastal Communities

kg of CO2 Prevented

Let’s stop ocean plastic
for good.


Prevention is key

Over 80% of plastic in our oceans starts on land, and research shows that what does get in the water sinks to the bottom and is difficult to recover.

Most ocean plastic cannot be recycled

Plastic in the water gets degraded by salt and light and attracts toxins and microorganisms. It also breaks into small pieces and mixes with other plastics making cleaning and sorting difficult and costly.

The problem is bad and getting worse

Over 11 million tons of new plastic enters the ocean each year—a figure that is projected to triple by 2040.

People are the answer

Plastic is collected by hand in the countries most at risk for ocean plastic pollution. Solving the problem requires understanding the needs of community collectors and providing them with the tools for success.

Theory of Change

There is no silver bullet to solve the ocean plastic problem. 

True impact requires engaging and orchestrating a host of stakeholders across the entire value chain. Starting by driving demand for ocean-bound material and working with coastal collection communities all the way through to the manufacturing and sales of new products. If any part of the value chain breaks down it is more likely more plastic will enter the ocean.

Find out how together we can stop plastic waste from entering the ocean by 2030.

Driving Scale

OceanCycle is a change catalyst bringing solutions to scale in three major ways:

Material Certification

Bringing trust and transparency to the market for ocean-bound material with a verified chain of custody covering ethical coastal collection through to manufacturing

Community Impact

Investing in the livelihoods of the people at the front lines of ocean plastic prevention—assessing needs, tracking progress and measuring results

Business Consultation

Helping companies understand how best to engage in solving the ocean plastic problem and connecting them with the right companies and vendors to meet their technical and material needs

Partners in a brighter future

We partner with a global network of brands, retailers and manufacturers to maximize the use of certified ocean-bound materials in new products. Because of our industry-leading tracking and data collection system, we can pinpoint the precise collection points of ocean-bound materials, in what quantities, and the income generated in those at-risk coastal communities.

To date, companies using material certified by OceanCycle are responsible for recycling more than 23,150 metric tons (the equivalent of 926 million plastic bottles) —the largest collective global ocean plastic pollution prevention effort to date.

Discover why the OceanCycle Certification is the most trusted in the industry.

Latest insights

OceanCycle and UL Collaborate on Ocean-Bound Plastics Standards

OceanCycle, a leading social enterprise focusing on reducing ocean plastic pollution, has collaborated with UL, a global safety science leader, on new elevated standards and ethical sourcing criteria for ocean-bound plastics. These strengthened industry standards...

Herman Miller: Purpose at its Core

Herman Miller places purpose at its core with its introduction of ocean-bound plastics into its flagship product: the Aeron Chair.

Herman Miller Increases Use of Ocean-bound Plastic with Aeron Chair

Herman Miller upgrades iconic Aeron chair, each now made with up to 2.5 pounds of #OceanCycleCertified ocean-bound plastic material.

Field Reports: Democratic Republic of Congo

In this episode of Field Reports, Robert Goodwin inspects the ocean plastic problem in the DRC and shares insights into the role the Congo River plays as well as the need for robust recycling infrastructure to limit harmful labor practices.

HUM Nutrition wins Marie Claire UK Sustainability Award

HUM Nutrition wins 2021 Marie Claire UK Sustainability Award for “Best Ocean-friendly Brand.” 

Field Reports: Jemmal, Tunisia

In this episode of Field Reports, Ryan Schoenike inspects ocean-bound plastic pollution near a collection point in Jemmal, Tunisia.

Friendship & Purpose

Together, we hatched a plan to help the iconic retailer Macy’s sell fashion-forward and cost-effective reusable bags.

Sainsbury’s to pack fresh fish and strawberries using Prevented Ocean Plastic, recycled plastic collected from coastal areas

Sainsbury’s has pledged to package 34% of its fresh fish and 80% of strawberry punnets using OceanCycle Certified, Prevented Ocean Plastic containers.

OceanCycle’s Theory of Change

This model encouraged participation and helped us set up collection points, systems and methods for sorting that helped to increase the yield of recycled plastics.

OceanCycle Certified: ZenWTR attracts clutch of celebrity investors

OceanCycle Certified brand ZenWTR attracts celebrity investors

See how our team and partners around the world are working to curb ocean plastic pollution and ensure on-the-ground impact. Catch up on the latest news, press and shoutouts from the field.

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