How MHO Containers Is Working to Reduce Its Plastic Footprint
Plastic pollution in our oceans is a modern-day crisis. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the mass of plastic waste in the Northern Pacific Ocean – now covers an area nearly twice the size of Texas. And without mitigation, this environmental hazard will continue to grow. In fact, an estimated 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, according to a 2017 study.
Reducing our plastic footprint is a No. 1 priority in the fight to protect our oceans. And that’s something MHO Containers takes to heart.
As a company, we’ve made reducing plastic ocean waste a top goal. Here’s how we’re doing it:
MHO Containers is expanding its products made from alternative and recycled plastics, including plastics recycled from ocean waste.
pounds of ocean waste removed by 2022
single-use plastic bags
We wanted to set a big goal to highlight our commitment to reducing ocean plastic waste. The amount of plastic ReSea will remove on our behalf is equivalent to more 500,000 single-use plastic bags! Not only are we thrilled to be supporting plastic clean-up projects, we’re also excited to make our high-quality plastic bottles and packaging products more eco-friendly.
Partnering with ReSea to Remove Plastics from the Oceans
ReSea Project is an organization based in Denmark that has a unique ocean plastics clean-up model. We’re proud to count ReSea as a partner.
Here’s how its system works:
ReSea contracts fishermen in developing countries. Right now, the organization is focused on clean-up efforts in Indonesia’s Java Sea. These fishermen are paid to collect waste from the ocean, which ReSea Project then works to clean and recycle. Yet, the project goes beyond clean-up: ReSea also works to find markets for ocean plastics and recycle this plastic.
For MHO Containers, partnering with ReSea Project is an exciting endeavor.
We can help to support ocean clean-up efforts, while supporting fishermen and workers in the developing world. Through this partnership, MHO Containers is able to invest and commit to significant clean-up. Over the next 24 months, our efforts with the ReSea Project will remove more than 5,500 pounds of plastic from the ocean.
Reducing Waste with Recycled and Alternative Plastics
In addition to the ReSea project, MHO Containers is increasing its products made from alternative and recycled plastics.
In addition, we’re also working with a manufacturing partner – Ocean Waste Plastics – to introduce products made from plastic waste recycled from the ocean. Our first ocean waste plastic product will be: 3.3-ounce plastic flip-cap hand sanitizer bottles made from 50% ocean waste plastics and 50% post-consumer recycled material.
And over the next 24 months, MHO Containers will continue to refine its line-up, looking for ways to incorporate bio-plastics like hemp plastic and other sustainable sources into our product lines.
We’re Serious About Reducing Our Plastic Footprint
Bottom line, MHO Containers is excited about the potential of these two initiatives.
Using more recycled plastics is a key strategy in reducing the global plastic footprint. Plus, ocean clean-up projects can not only remove harmful waste from the seas, but the waste is also reused, increasing the amount of post-consumer material used in plastic product packaging.
In short, when you shop with MHO Containers, you can expect more than high-quality bulk plastic bottles and packaging and excellent customer service. You’ll also be supporting plastic clean-up and recycling efforts around the world.