OceanSafe and Werner & Mertz named winner of the German Sustainability Award
OceanSafe has been named among the winners of the German Sustainability Award Design. The company impressed with its modular construction system for the textiles industry that complies with the principles of the circular economy and is Cradle to Cradle Certified® GOLD. Also, among the winners was Werner & Mertz for their packaging “Recyclate Initiative”. EPEA Switzerland congratulates OceanSafe and Werner & Mertz for this honor and achievement. Both companies carry Cradle to Cradle Certified® GOLD certificates and are lighthouses for the circular economy.
Recyclable packaging from Frosch
The “Recyclate Initiative” founded by Werner & Mertz (W&M) in 2012 has impressively proven that branded packaging can be made from old plastic from the yellow bag. And not only for detergents, cleaning agents and cleaning agents, but for the first time also for cosmetics (shower gels). This is made possible by the high-quality processing of recycled material, which is then repeatedly available for new packaging. There is no comparable high-quality recycling of household-type mixed collected plastic packaging anywhere in the world.
This made W&M a recycling pioneer and rightly communicates this openly on its packaging and in TV advertising. So far, more than 400 million bottles made from 100 percent old plastic have been brought onto the market as part of the initiative. This gives reason to hope that in future the entry of plastic into the environment will be noticeably reduced, since plastic waste is given value.
OceanSafe, Textiles Next Generation
The modular system developed by OceanSafe enables the textile industry to manufacture environmentally friendly products with Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold certification. While many conventional textiles release microplastics during washing and thus pollute the water, the washed-out microfibres from the OceanSafe construction kit are safe for biological cycles. Part of the circular concept is that the disused textiles are taken back by the sales partners and sent to industrial composting, which also reduces waste. With 18 different yarns, the remarkably wide and high-quality range of the modular system includes both synthetic and natural fibers, including a newly developed and patented fiber that is rapidly biodegradable and yet permanently flame retardant. There are also suitable dyes and additives, all of which are also safe for the biological cycle. 20 to 30 percent of the amount of microplastics in water are coming from textiles. With the clever modular system from OceanSafe, the industry has an attractive opportunity to change this situation.
Press release OceanSafe (German)