Traceability you can trust

OceanCycle developed the world’s first and leading certification standard for ocean and ocean-bound plastics. When you see the OceanCycle Certified mark, it means traceability you can trust. 

Transparency and accountability were needed in the ocean-bound plastics marketplace, so OceanCycle’s founders developed the first—and most rigorous—certification standard. Inspired by Forest Stewardship (FSC) and Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certifications, a fully documented chain of custody ensures safe, equitable and ethical working practices across the supply chain.

A methodology for social audits was developed as part of certification, leveraging five years of experience building grassroots collection systems, combined with the work of humanitarian data-collection experts. Local workplaces must comply with highest labor standards, including guidelines established by the United Nations, Save the Children and local authorities.

Our industry-leading standard provides ‘shore to store’ material traceability from coastal collection all the way through manufacturing, working directly with collectors, processors, material aggregators and manufacturers.

OceanCycle Certification

The OceanCycle Certified mark must be earned through a rigorous evaluation process and in-person audits. Certification gives everyone in the supply chain confidence in both the quality and impact of the ocean-bound material. Our certification covers:

Material Collection

Fits within OceanCycle’s standards of proximity to the coastline in an area of mismanaged waste

Ethical Sourcing

Must be post-consumer waste from the country of origin and collected in an ethical manner ensuring no harmful child labor and fair wages to collectors

Environmental Practices

Proper disposal of wastewater and chemicals


Compliance with OceanCycle’s end-to-end traceability, documented from bottle collection through to manufacturing

Success Stories

Prevented Ocean Plastic logo

Prevented Ocean Plastic

Certified by OceanCycle, the international Prevented Ocean Plastic program prevents over 1,000 tons of ocean plastic pollution per month. Prevented Ocean Plastic products are produced in accordance with North American and European quality standards from recycled plastic PET bottles (rPET), and supplied by Bantam Materials International. When you see the mark on packaging, it means the plastic contains at least 30% ocean-bound content by weight.


Groupe Guillen / Cod Fillets

Through the POP program, early adopter Groupe Guillen uses OceanCycle-certified material to make thermoform trays and containers to supply top grocers in Europe like Lidl.

Fibers & Fabrics

Earthwise Bag Corp./ Shopping Bags

OceanCycle worked with Earthwise Bag Corporation to develop OceanWiseTM reusable shopping  bags currently found in Kroger, Albertsons and Safeway stores.

Durable Goods

Solgaard / charging station

Through OceanCycle’s work with Polyvisions, ocean-bound rPET is converted into engineering-grade plastics. Many products are in development and the first one to launch Solgaard’s HomeBase charging station.

Together, we can take plastics from shore to store. Talk to us about OceanCycle certification and what our industry-leading transparency and traceability can do for you.

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