ZENWTR NOW SOURCING OCEAN-BOUND PLASTIC FROM ECUADOR
On a constant mission to increase our positive impact on our environment through our production and business practices, we are excited to share that we have begun to incorporate recycled, certified ocean-bound plastic, sourced from Ecuador, into our supply chain to make our bottles. This is in addition to current sourcing from Thailand and Indonesia.
We will continue to source our ocean-bound plastic from Asia as well, as, in doing so, we are able to rescue plastic from reaching and polluting the ocean from regions identified as being among the highest contributors to the issue of ocean pollution as sited by the Ocean Conservancy.
In addition to helping to support the growth of recycling efforts and providing economic opportunity to our recycling community in another region of the world, this move also has 2 added benefits for our planet:
Preservation of the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos archipelago has been described as one of the most unique, scientifically important, and biologically outstanding areas on earth (UNESCO 2001), home to some of the largest amounts of species found nowhere else on earth. In fact, about 80% of land birds, 97% of reptiles and land mammals, more than 30% of the plants and more than 20% of the marine species in Galapagos are found nowhere else on earth1.
Despite multiple global organizations actively working to preserve the Galapagos Islands and protect its rich biodiversity, a recent study2 found plastic in seawater and on beaches on the Galapagos, and alarmingly, inside all marine habitats at the island of San Cristobal.
Some plastic pollution on the islands traces back to the Western coasts of South American countries, including Ecuador3. Preventing plastic pollution in Ecuador from reaching and polluting the ocean will have the added benefit of helping to prevent plastic pollution from reaching the Galapagos Islands for the future.
Reduced Carbon Emissions in Material Transport:
Sourcing ocean-bound plastic from Ecuador also results in a 59% - 74% reduction in Co2 emissions in material transport vs. current sourcing in Asia.
To learn more about Ocean-Bound Plastic, check out our Deep Dive on the topic.
If you’re Thirsty for Change, choosing ZenWTR the next time you’re shopping for bottled water is a simple change you can make that will have a positive impact on our planet.