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No blue, no green.

Orca

May 18, 2020

NO BLUE, NO GREEN

As outdoor sports lovers, we understand that we must preserve the environment that we all enjoy so much. As a brand, we have a direct responsibility to nature, and we must minimize our impact on the planet and strive to become as eco-friendly as possible.

For that reason, we decided to eliminate the use of plastics in the packaging of our entire wetsuit line. In addition, we are in the process of eliminating plastics from our entire range of products for 2021. 

 

It is a fact that 10% of all the plastic that we use ends in the ocean.

No matter where in the world we are located, the ocean is riddled with plastic waste, and that plastic can be found on almost every beach. 

According to the study published in 2017 by Nature Communications, between 1.15 and 2.41 million tons of plastic are introduced into the oceans through rivers every year, with the months between May and October being the period of highest pollution in the water.

During the last 70 years, the demand for plastic has increased at a very high rate. In fact, according to Plastic Ocean, about 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year, and half of that plastic includes one-time use disposable items. 

One of the main characteristics that make plastic so popular is its great durability, but this durability also allows it to persist in the environment for a long time.

 

Why is single-use plastic so harmful to the environment?

Single-use plastics are the most obvious example of the consumption culture. Instead of focusing on quality goods that are reusable, we often prioritize convenience over sustainability without considering the long-term impact.

Therefore, minimizing the use of plastic is the most effective way to avoid this waste and pollution. And that is why, Orca is committed to remove all plastics from our packaging, including eliminating all plastics from the production of our wetsuit range.