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Starboard

In their quest to lead with solutions, Starboard has joined Ocean Recovery Alliance and their Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP), which helps Starboard to understand its complete plastic use and waste footprint within the communities it serves. Starboard exports its products to over 70 countries, and has now calculated its use of plastics of every variety in boards, accessories, apparel, packaging, and operations for both 2017 and 2018.  Starboard undertook the PDP, and its methodology allowed them to understand and quantify areas where recycled content, increased material recovery, or use of eco-innovation changes could be made in product lines and operations, so that their plastic footprint could be reduced.  This gave them insight into new ways to package, reduce, use recycled content, and innovate with new materials.  Over the past 12 months, Starboard has already replaced over 21.2 % of virgin plastic resins which would have normally been used, in favor of recycled plastic, and also reduced their overall plastic consumption by 6.5% by using more bio materials.

 

Starboard then became one of the first companies to set a price for itself across the different types of plastic used in its operations, and allocated a price per kilogram of material used to be donated to a special Plastic Offset Fund, whereby funds are used to remove plastic pollution from the environment in different communities where they have influence.