Five Accelerator Alumni Putting an End to Plastic Pollution


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Sustainable Ocean Alliance is accelerating ocean solutions around the world. Here are their stories.

The Ocean Solutions Accelerator is a one-of-a-kind initiative supporting entrepreneurs who are tackling our most critical ocean challenges.

Among one of the most pressing crises we face is the urgent need to eliminate plastic waste pollution. Since its launch in 2018, the OSA has accelerated nine plastic reduction or recycling companies from five different countries.

This month, as we continue our recognition of Plastic-Free July, we're celebrating five of these world-changing Ocean Solutions Accelerator alumni who are working tirelessly on innovations that are putting an end to the plastic crisis. 

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Oceanworks® is the largest global marketplace for recycled ocean plastic. Oceanworks’ mission is to accelerate the market for recycled ocean plastic to clean-up the ocean, reduce the use of new virgin plastic, and eliminate demand for new plastic production. Oceanworks is positioned to be the trusted trading platform for the 100s of millions of tons of at-risk recycled plastic worldwide.

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LOLIWARE is the world’s first bioplastics company dedicated to replacing single-use plastics with hyper-compostable, edible materials derived from seaweed.

LOLIWARE's interdisciplinary team of expert scientists, food technologists, and seaweed biologists to developed LOLIWARE Intelligent Seaweed Technologies (LIST) – a category of materials made from seaweed (a regenerative and carbon sequestering input) that outperform paper products & bioplastics.

5 Accelerator Alumni Blog 4Did you know that disposable foodware makes up 30% of all waste in the US? Not only that: the California Coastal Cleanup Project revealed that 34% of beach trash by volume is disposable foodware (!). Dispatch Goods is working to solve this crisis by eliminating disposable foodware from food delivery by integrating their service into food delivery apps, which customers to select zero-waste deliveries.

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Novoloop turns un-recyclable plastic waste into virgin-grade chemicals and performance materials for a new circular economy. Through recycling innovations, packaging waste can be kept out of landfills and rivers and turned into long lasting materials for automotive, construction, and 3D printing applications.

5 Accelerator Alumni Blog 6rePurpose measures and reports on their customers' plastic footprint (both individual and corporate) and calculates monetary offsets equivalent to their plastic consumption. Then, rePurpose curates a personalized guide on "Conscious Living" according to each unique footprint to help customers reduce their consumption entirely—all in pursuit of plastic neutrality! Through technology, rePurpose is creating a global movement of conscious consumers, who actively reduce plastic consumption, and offset their plastic consumption through partner organizations in India.

Stay in the loop about the Ocean Solutions Accelerator's world-changing alumni to learn about the world's next big wave of plastic waste disruptors!


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