Sustainability

What is Ocean Waste Plastic?

Ocean Waste Plastic, also known as OWP, is plastic waste that somehow has entered the ocean and now is e.g. harming marine life and polluting our beautiful oceans.

What difference does it make to buy a pair of Responseability sunglasses?

When you buy a pair of Responseability sunglasses, you actively remove 1 kilo of plastic from the oceans. This makes a noticeable difference as it e.g. only takes one single plastic bag to kill a turtle. Moreover, you increase the awareness of the ocean plastic crisis.

Also each pair of sunglasses are unique, no pair will be a 100% alike due to the ocean waste plastic reacting differently every time. This also makes the sunglasses unique and they might even have some small beauty flaws from the ocean waste plastic.

This just gives you a better opportunity to share the story behind your Responseability sunglasses.

An indirect benefit of Ocean Waste Plastic is that the production of recycled plastic, OWP, uses 85% less energy and emits 75% fewer greenhouse gasses than the production of virgin plastic.


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Ocean Waste Plastic – FAQ

Where does the plastic for the sunglasses come from?

When purchasing a pair of Responseability sunglasses, you will receive a unique QR code. This will provide information on where the batch of plastic, that your sunglasses have been made from, has been collected. The plastic collected to produce the sunglasses is primarily collected in the ocean outside Jakarta, Indonesia.

We have a close collaboration with Resea who works with the fishermen on a daily basis.

Who collects the plastic?

The collectors are local Indonesian fishermen who collect plastic on their way out to set nets or on their way back home. The local Indonesian fishermen are heavily affected by increasing plastic pollution, as it affects the amount of fish. We have a close collaboration with these fishermen and provide them with material that they might need.

What type of plastic is used to produce your sunglasses?

We use a plastic-type called PET (polyethylenterephth) to produce our sunglasses. This is e.g. the same type of plastic material that single-use water bottles are made of.

Collaborations

We have been working with the best in the industry and we are very confident that our sunglasses will turn out pretty great and awesome.

We're working with the awesome company Resea, who collects plastic from the ocean in close collaboration with local fishers. Without them, we would not have as much plastic removed from the ocean as we have now.

Together with the company Ocean Waste Plastic we have tested every type of plastic and failed several times. After many tests we finally hit it right with PET (polyethylene terephthalate). Because the plastic that is collected from the ocean is very degraded, every pair of sunglasses will be and look unique, as the plastic behaves differently for each pair. This has also impacted some of our frames and has given them small beauty flaws - but this just makes them more unique than ever.

How much Ocean Waste Plastic goes into a pair of Responseability sunglasses?

It takes approx. 1 kg of Ocean Waste Plastic to produce one pair of sunglasses. However, our sunglasses do of course not weigh 1 kg a pair.

When we clean up plastic from the ocean, we do not differentiate between the plastic that is usable for our sunglasses and the plastic that is not. We pick up all the plastic that is littering the oceans, because that is the main purpose of Responseability: to clean the oceans from plastic.

For every kilo of plastic we clean up approximately 5% of the plastic is used for a pair sunglasses. 75% of the plastic is used for various types of packaging, and finally the remaining 20% of the plastic gets burned as the quality of the plastic is too degraded for recycling.