Kingspan & the ECOALF Foundation Ocean Clean-Up Partnership

When the Kingspan | ECOALF Fundacion partnership was launched back in March 2019, Gene Murtagh, CEO of Kingspan Group said:
We take our sustainability commitments very seriously at Kingspan. Today’s announcement, part of the Planet Passionate commitment in Kingspan’s sustainability plan, forms part of a longer-term strategy we are developing around supporting the circular economy and increasing our use of recycled materials. With the construction industry contributing 30% of all the global waste that goes into landfill it is vital that we at Kingspan find responsible ways to reduce waste at all points in the supply chain.
  • Recycled bottles will be used in production of Kingspan insulation
  • Commitment increases current use of recycled plastic fourfold
  • Interim target of 500m bottles by 2023
  • 3-year partnership to remove plastic from the ocean agreed with ECOALF Foundation 
Kingspan has committed to recycling 500m plastic bottles each year by 2023 for use in its insulation with a further target of 1bn bottles each year by 2025. To achieve this target, Kingspan has partnered with the ECOALF Foundation – a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to promote the selective recovery of ocean waste, allowing it to be recycled and avoiding its harmful effects on the environment. Under a 3-year partnership, Kingspan will proactively help to remove up to 150 tonnes of waste from the Mediterranean each year through the ECOALF Foundation’s 2,600 strong, network of fishermen in Spain. Kingspan will reuse as much of the ocean plastic recovered as it can in its production.
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*Images courtesy of the ECOALF Foundation*
Using recycled plastic bottles helps prevent them from ending up in landfill, or worse in the oceans. Currently only 9% of the plastic ever made in the world has been recycled, and according to the United Nations Environment Programme, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year – equivalent to dumping a rubbish truck of plastic every minute.

Commenting on the initiative, Javier Goyeneche, founder of the ECOALF Foundation said: 
“The agreement with Kingspan not only helps us to clean the ocean but also fosters circular economy since they have introduced part of the marine litter into the production chain.

The ECOALF Foundation aims to raise awareness for the issue of ocean waste and its damaging effects on the marine ecosystem, as well as on the role of recycling in the search for solutions. Consequently, its team has participated in more than 300 talks, workshops, and congresses all over the world for various audiences.

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