JAMESTOWN, RI – December 10, 2014 – Mission2.Ocean, an initiative created out of love of our world’s oceans, and Clean Ocean Access improved the waters of Narragansett Bay on Saturday, December 6, 2014. At the 9th Annual Hull Cove Coastal Cleanup in Jamestown, 37 people removed 956 pounds of small to medium size marine debris as part of Clean Ocean Access’s Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP). Since the inception of this annual event on the first Saturday in December, the total effort of 320 volunteers have removed 9,212 pounds of small to medium size marine debris from this shoreline.
Mission2.Ocean is an initiative of Packaging2.0, the only company in the Northeast offering 100 percent post-consumer recycled packaging and Rhode Island’s first Benefit Corporation. Mission2.Ocean aims to raise levels of awareness about plastic packaging pollution and helps create and fund programs locally and globally to reduce levels of plastic pollution in the world’s waters and on shores.
“Over the years, I have developed an immense love and respect for our oceans, lakes, and rivers,” Michael Brown, Packaging2.0 President and Jamestown resident. “Mission 2.Ocean is my way of helping protect and preserve the environmental balance essential to ensure future generations have a chance to experience it in the same way. Through this new initiative, we support a wide range of efforts and organizations who share our goals to reduce ocean plastic pollution through prevention, innovation, education, science, and action-based efforts.”
Packaging2.0’s commitment to this includes active participation in expeditions, beach cleanups, and fundraising in addition to measuring the problem and increasing recycling rates to levels far beyond where they are today. The company also continues to connect activists, educators and scientists to the plastics industry and end-users.
“We are grateful for the support from Mission2.Ocean,” said Dave McLaughlin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Clean Ocean Access. “Michael Brown really inspires us to continue to remove small to medium size marine debris from the coastline, especially the really tiny stuff that gets integrated into our food supply and causes the most harm. Michael did a great job of rallying the troops in Jamestown and we look forward to working together on improving ocean health, one cleanup at a time!”
By assisting client companies, such as A Market Natural Foods and Whole Foods Market, in bringing environmentally responsible packaging to their businesses, it is one step further towards Packaging2.0’s goal of helping to double the recycling rate for # 1 plastic. In the past few decades, only 30 percent of all PET is being recycled in the U.S. Despite laws and regulations, plastic continues to enter the world’s oceans at a rate of about five million pieces a day. The bulk of it enters as litter transported via storm drains and watersheds.
“At A Market Natural Foods it is our mission to help people on their path to wellness,” said Heather Raymond, Kitchen Lead at A Market Natural Foods in Newport, RI. “We are committed to providing superior customer service and to put our customers first. Therefore, we are inspired to choose products and services that are natural, environmentally-friendly and less impactful on the physical world we all share. It is important to us to not only provide natural and healthy foods and products but to also use environmentally responsible ways of packaging. We use Packaging2.0’s products because they also strive for sustainability and a healthier environment with products that are made from recycled plastics that are clean and able to be recycled again.”
Brown continued, “The goal of our collaborations is also to further recycling as one major solution to the plastic marine debris issue. We have asked even our largest customers and suppliers to join with us in supporting our actions. Last year we sold over 10 million packages through a supply chain comprised of thousands of people across the country. By mobilizing even a fraction of this industrial and human might, we know that we can help be the change.”
Packaging 2.0, Inc. is located in Jamestown, RI and sells and markets thermoformed plastic packaging made primarily from recycled plastics. Started in 2002 to address the growing need for sustainable packaging solutions Packaging 2.0 provides front-end design services, manufacturing and delivery of innovative packaging products.
In 2013 Packaging2.0 sold over 10 million packages made from over one million pounds of recycled plastic resin. This saved one million kilowatts of energy and 600 tons of greenhouse gas versus if the company used virgin plastic. This is the equivalent to taking over 100 cars off the road for one year. Learn more: http://www.packaging2.com/ and http://www.mission2ocean.com/.