Environmental advocates lodge ACCC complaint over 'ocean plastic' products

Sat, 6 May 2023 07:13:47 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

'Environmental advocates have lodged a complaint with Australia's competition
watchdog about the terms "ocean plastics" and "ocean-bound plastics", alleging
they are a greenwashing marketing tactic.

If your favourite yoghurt tub, bank card, rubbish bags or shampoo bottle is
claiming to be made of recycled ocean plastics, you might think it was created
from plastic recovered from the sea.

But some environmental advocates believe the supply chain of products labelled
as ocean or ocean-bound plastics are impossible to verify and the term may
mislead consumers.

Both of those terms can be used interchangeably to include plastics collected
as far as 50 kilometres from the coast.

Most of this recycled plastic is sourced from overseas, including south-east

An environmental organisation has lodged a complaint with the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), alleging the terms are used to
greenwash products.

Greenwashing is when statements misrepresent the extent to which a product is
environmentally friendly, sustainable or ethical.'

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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