Product Launch & Cape Talk Interview

28 February 2021

Founders Santie Gouws and Ursula van Eck launched the ocean-i  products on the 28th of  February 2021 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and chatted to Sara-Jayne King on Cape Talk’s Weekend Breakfast show.

‘Outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic raises awareness of ocean pollution’

[source: Cape Talk]

‘The founders of ocean-i are making waves in Cape Town. See their pop-up product launch at the V&A Waterfront on Sunday’ [28 February 2021]

‘A local start-up is launching an ocean awareness campaign with the V&A Waterfront, showcasing stunning outdoor furniture. The products created by ocean-i  are manufactured from 100% recycled plastic.’

‘We decided to get stuck in and do something that’s got real impact on ocean waste.’

Ursula van Eck and Santie Gouws, Co-founders – ocean-i

‘Our recycled plastic furniture range is made from 100% post-industrial plastic waste. It is offcuts from industrial processes, so it’s already completely clean and we know what type of plastic it is.’

Ursula van Eck and Santie Gouws, Co-founders – ocean-i

‘They explain how plastic is further incorporated into their concrete furniture, using technology developed [by CRDC Global] in Costa Rica which transforms contaminated, mixed plastic into a raw material.’

‘They [CRDC Global] can also process the cigarette butts which we collect in our partnership with Maxibin… basically recycling them into ‘sand’ which we use to manufacture our concrete products and our concrete ‘stompie’ bins.’  

Ursula van Eck and Santie Gouws, Co-founders – ocean-i

ocean-i™ is also collaborating with Maxibin to increase awareness of the pollution threat held by discarded cigarette butts. This includes [developing] see-through “stompie” bins which will create visual impact at big events.

‘Cigarette butts are by far the most littered item collected in any ocean clean-up.’

 

Ursula van Eck and Santie Gouws, Co-founders – ocean-i

‘They describe “urban furniture” as outdoor street furniture suited to big, outdoor landscape areas.’

‘We’re really promoting to landscape architects and new developers. It’s also for someone who just wants that special piece next to the swimming pool overlooking the ocean.’

Ursula van Eck and Santie Gouws, Co-founders – ocean-i

‘Gouws and van Eck are also the brains behind Sunshine Cleaning, which cleans up pollution in rivers and canals in collaboration with community organisations.’

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