AkzoNobel joined forces with The Ocean Cleanup to clear plastics from the oceans. According to the partnership, AkzoNobel would make efforts to clear plastic from oceans beginning in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the next 12 months.
Ton Büchner, AkzoNobel CEO, said, “Ocean pollution is a serious global issue impacting our society and our planet’s future. As a world leader in the marine coatings industry, we believe we can make a meaningful contribution to overcoming the problem by taking action and supporting the fantastic work being done by The Ocean Cleanup.”
The company’s coatings will be on the specially designed floating clean-up system which will collect the waste plastic. Biocide-free Intersleek products help to make more sustainable environment by reducing fuel consumption, cutting emissions and lowering the costs of operation.
“It is wonderful to add another big name to our growing list of supporters,” said Boyan Slat, CEO, and founder of The Ocean Cleanup. “Working together with a true global force in sustainable coatings technology will ensure that our systems remain protected, even under the most extreme conditions. Another benefit of the partnership is team AkzoNobel’s involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race, which will help increase global awareness of the urgent need to remove plastic from our aquatic ecosystems.”
The company will also be an official sustainability partner of the next Volvo Ocean Race. This will include organizing a series of Ocean Summits focused on bringing science, politics, government, and sport together in an effort to act positively on the issue of marine litter.
The Ocean Cleanup, high performance founded in 2013, aims to remove half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the period of just five years.
AkzoNobel’s International brand is the high-performance marine and yacht coatings, as well as industrial protective coatings.