For the first time, Sukano acts not only as a masterbatch and compound partner but also becomes the global distributor of #tide’s blockchain traceable ocean-bound RPET material®.
This partnership offers the chance to distribute the #tide material to an even broader market and gain more reach. Sukano can distribute this material from Switzerland, the US, and Asia. Together, Tide Ocean SA and Sukano can make significant contributions toward a climate-neutral, circular future.
Tide Ocean SA is a supplier of recycled ocean-bound plastic based in Basel, Switzerland. The company was founded by Thomas Schori in 2019. It all started with an innovative and truly sustainable thought: using plastic collected from the ocean for watchstraps as a durable solution to marine plastic pollution. What started with watchstraps has expanded to more and more applications and markets. The goal is to give plastic waste value and transform it into durable and sustainable end applications. All the while creating social and environmental impact at the forefront of the issue and with the local communities in mind who are most affected by plastic pollution.
#tide is upcycling the plastic waste threatening our oceans into high-quality RPET granules, giving plastic waste a second life. This raw material is made of 100% ocean-bound plastic.
Ocean-bound plastic is waste that is very likely to end up in the ocean, located within 50km from shores, where waste management systems are inexistent or inefficient. #tide has narrowed the official definition of ocean-bound plastic down to waste within 10km from the coastline. Ocean-bound plastic is exposed to UV rays, salt water and sand, which affects its material properties, making it dirty and brittle. This plastic is not directly processable and needs upcycling.
In partnership with Professor Daniel Schwendemann and his team at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences IWK, #tide has developed a scientific based mechanical recycling process to regenerate the molecular chains of ocean-bound plastic waste. This process allows for the replacement of virgin plastics with #tide ocean-bound plastic without loss in quality.
#tide ocean's recycled plastic pellets are used for injection molding, sheet extrusion, and fiber spinning and go into end applications in the following market segments: Non-Food Packaging, Consumer Durables, Industrial, Building and Construction.