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How do you define ocean-bound plastic?

There are many different terms used today to describe plastics in our marine environment. This initiative is focused specifically on plastic that has not yet found its way into the ocean and is classified as “mismanaged waste”. That is, plastic that is not being collected and not likely to be collected and is found on the ground within 50km of a waterway or coastal area.

The current type of plastics to be collected include Nylon 6 and polypropylene. Our goal is to create an integrated collection system that turns mismanaged ocean-bound plastic into managed waste and provides for on-land collection of fishing nets so that they aren’t discarded at sea.

How much plastic will you ensure is kept out of the ocean as a result of NextWave’s efforts?

Stay tuned for this critically important number, which we will report out at Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. Each member company is in the process of developing and moving forward with their use cases, which will determine the volume of ocean-bound plastic diverted from the ocean. This will take some time but if Dell’s experience and commitment is any indication we should exceed 3 million pounds integrated over the next five years. Likely that is an underestimate of this group’s capacity for integration.

How do you determine what are priority areas for supply chain development?

NextWave is committed to utilizing the best available science from scientists such as Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Dr. Jason Lochlin and others to help identify and evolve geographic location and definition. Their research helps determine geographic location for supply chain development to have maximum environmental impact and will help evolve the definition of ocean-bound plastic.

An additional consideration for geographic sourcing of ocean-bound material is distance to manufacturing facilities. Each of the NextWave member companies is committed to keeping their environmental footprint as low as possible and that extends to ensuring source material isn’t being shipped half-way around the world to where manufacturing is taking place.

How is NextWave unique?

NextWave members are committed to working together in a collaborative manner to advance progress on the cessation of marine litter. Notably there are market competitors sitting across the table working together towards creating solutions for integrating ocean-bound plastics into their products and packaging.

NextWave is committed to ensuring its process and that of its members is accessible, easily understood and verifiable. This philosophy is rooted in the principles for the group. Further, we are inviting NGOs and scientists to become part of this initiative to review and inform the group’s work and stretch it where needed to ensure maximum community and environmental benefit.

How is NextWave different from the New Plastics Economy Initiative?

NextWave and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative are both working towards the same end state – keeping plastic out of the marine environment. NextWave is fulfilling one of the key recommendations put forth by the New Plastics Economy Initiative to drastically reduce the leakage of plastics into natural systems and our work is very much complementary, rather than competitive, with each other. NextWave and Ellen MacArthur Foundation are committed to staying engaged to ensure that complementarity persists and we can learn from and benefit from each other’s experiences.

How will this initiative work with the UN Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign?

Dell and Lonely Whale are both committed to ensuring the UN Environment’s Sustainable Development Goal #14 to reduce marine litter in the marine environment can be met and as such have each committed to the #CleanSeas campaign. Though not a requirement of membership, we encourage all member companies to make their own commitment.

We are fortunate to have the support of the UN Environment team and their participation in NextWave. That affords us an opportunity to ensure we remain in alignment with the UN’s direction on marine litter cessation so that we may stay in lock step with international government directions and priorities.

How are NextWave member companies working to reduce their use of plastic?

Member companies recognize there is quite a bit of “low-hanging” plastics throughout their operations and supply chain that can be minimized or eliminated. Each company will evaluate and prioritize opportunities for plastics reduction across operations, shipping and receiving, events, guest experience, manufacturing and even supplier engagement. As a group, we’ll work to make advances in this area during 2018.

How do I become a member of NextWave?

Click here and let us know who you are, why you’d like to become a member and we’ll follow-up with a brief interview. All future applications for membership will be reviewed by the founding member companies before final decisions are made regarding membership.

How do I become a supplier to NextWave companies?

Click here and let us know who you are, from where you source, what type of ocean-bound material you have available and a report on the social and environmental metrics you are tracking and your performance to date. We’ll then review, consider with the larger group and then set up a follow-up discussion.