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OceanBound Plastic receives FDA approval


ATLANTA – Envision Plastics can now provide customers with OceanBound Plastic, a post-consumer resin collected from at-risk regions around the globe, specifically manufactured for direct food contact.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Letter of Non-Objection (NOL) regarding the suitability of Envision’s OceanBound Plastic when used at levels up to 100 percent in recycled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) packaging for all food types under Conditions of Use C-H.

“We are thrilled to receive this NOL from the FDA – it has been years in the making. This product offers brands a solution to their 2025 sustainable packaging goals, in 2019, and now they can make good on their commitments,” said Mark Shafer, senior vice-president and general manager of Envision Plastics.

“We are acutely aware of the image plastics have in the mainstream media and on social networks and are working on solutions to address the questions consumers have about the life cycle of plastics. With OceanBound Plastic, Envision is offering a high quality post-consumer resin that’s fit for food contact applications, and prevents further pollution of our oceans.”

Historically, efforts to protect oceans from plastic have focused on removing the material after it reached a beach or entered a waterway, but these efforts have failed to collect meaningful volumes.

In 2017, Envision Plastics launched OceanBound Plastic, having partnered with local communities in at-risk areas around the world to recover the plastic before it enters the ocean. Envision’s OceanBound Plastic delivers a resin that can be readily integrated into existing manufacturing processes.

Envision Plastics was established in 2001. Since then, Envision has produced over one billion pounds of recycled resin. In June 2014, Envision was acquired by Consolidated Container Company and continues to operate as a distinct business within the CCC family.