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Managing Editor  | June 2017

AkzoNobel teaming up with Ocean Cleanup to turn tide on marine pollution


AkzoNobel, a global paints and coatings company and producer of specialty chemicals based in the Netherlands, has announced that it is partnering with The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch foundation that was recently featured on Plastics eMarket, to hasten the process of ridding the ocean of plastic pollution.

 

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AkzoNobel is partenering with The Ocean Cleanup to help rid the oceans of plastic.
(YouTube/The Ocean Cleanup)

 

According to the announcement, AkzoNobel will deliver advanced, biocide-free coatings technology for the devices and equipment that The Ocean Cleanup uses over the next five years. The coatings, which are already being used by the shipping industry, will specifically be used on the floating clean-up system that the organization will use to collect marine plastic.

 

“Ocean pollution is a serious global issue impacting our society and our planet’s future,” said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner. “As a world leader in the marine coatings industry, we believe we can make a meaningful contribution to overcoming the problem by taking action and supporting the fantastic work being done by The Ocean Cleanup.”

 

“It is wonderful to add another big name to our growing list of supporters,” said Boyan Slat, CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup. “Working together with a true global force in sustainable coatings technology will ensure that our systems remain protected, even under the most extreme conditions. Another benefit of the partnership is team AkzoNobel’s involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race, which will help increase global awareness of the urgent need to remove plastic from our aquatic ecosystems.”

 

The Ocean Cleanup was founded in 2013 with the goal of cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years and it expects to employ its screens and floating plastic collector within the next year.

 

To learn more about this partnership, watch the video below:


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