Traceability you can trust

OceanCycle developed the world’s first and leading certification standard for ocean and ocean-bound plastics. When you see #OceanCycleCertified, 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.

The industry-leading standard provides end-to-end 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 ocean-bound plastic criteria

Ethical Sourcing

Labor practices must meet the highest standards

Environmental Practices

Proper disposal of wastewater and chemicals are required


Compliance with OceanCycle’s end-to-end traceability

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.

Food Packaging

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.

Talk to us about OceanCycle certification and what our industry-leading transparency and traceability can do for you.

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