Clean Ocean Stationery
Every year, 10 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans; that represents the equivalent of more than one truckload every minute! While it’s difficult to know exactly how many marine animals and birds are killed by plastic pollution, it’s been estimated that it kills 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million sea birds every year, while greatly increasing diseases to coral reefs. So while preventing plastic reaching our oceans is the end goal – a new innovative global collaboration is tackling the vast quantities of existing ocean bound plastic – retrieved and re-purposed while supporting local economies.
Our beautifully tactile Clean Ocean stationery range starts its journey on the plastic-polluted shorelines of small picturesque islands in the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia, where Swiss company #Tide have focused their clean-up effort. Directly supporting jobs in this rural area, #Tide offers fair wages and working conditions for local people including fishermen, who are trained and paid for collecting, sorting, washing and shredding plastic waste washed up on the shorelines of their communities. After being transported in a CO2-neutral way to Switzerland, the collected plastic waste is compressed into granules and spun into yarn made entirely of the recycled plastic bottles. Winter & Company, a materials expert also based in Switzerland, have then created Toile Ocean – the first book cloth produced from the yarn derived from ocean bound plastic and available in a range of pastel shades. For every 1,000m2 of book cloth made, 5200 Ocean bound PET bottles are recycled!
#tide's upcycling process produces up to 80% less CO2 emissions than producing virgin plastics.
Goldbuch, in the UNESCO town of Bamberg, Germany, take the Toile Ocean book cloth and with their 4th generation of stationery expertise produce our Clean Ocean stationery range using only green energy and raw materials sourced as nearby, including FSC certified and acid free papers.
Our finished Clean Ocean stationery is a premium high-quality product range, with a durable, tactile finish and precision detailing. The skilled craft in making and hand-finishing each item is evident in every piece. These are products built to last. It’s a stationery range with an incredible back story, yet products are only beginning their journey. At Railex Stationery we are proud to be part of a movement to help shape the future of our ocean’s plastic clean-up, using sustainable practices at every stage.