Ocean plastic pollution is a massive problem facing our planet. Did you know that more than 10 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year? Here are some more incredibly alarming facts about ocean plastic:
- There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer dwell below the surface.
- 1 million marine animals are killed by plastic pollution every year.
- Scientists have found microplastic in all of the most-consumed mussel species around the world.
- The Ellen MacArthur Foundation believes that, if we do not act now, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050.
Source: Plastic Oceans
Nebia’s mission is to make products that people love to use and that are better for the planet. This goes beyond water savings. From the materials used in our products to our packaging, we seek out innovations that reduce our environmental footprint and make a net positive impact on the world.
That’s why, when designing our latest shower, we decided to tackle the problem of ocean plastic pollution head on. We have taken a giant step with the Nebia by Moen Quattro Handshower. It is the first shower ever to have Recycled Ocean Plastic components. This material is produced from fishing nets that often end up as trash in the ocean.
It takes material science advancements, methodical engineering, and rigorous reliability testing to incorporate recycled materials into a product. But that’s exactly what we’re doing -- We are taking ocean plastic and upcycling it into products that can last decades. And this is just the beginning for us.
Like our bath mats made from reclaimed cotton, our shelves made from infinitely recyclable aluminum, our shower curtain made from upcycled bottles, and our towels made from a breakthrough recycled textile, we are marching towards a future where we make all of our products out of truly sustainable materials.
And although the march to fully sustainable product development will be a long process, this is a critical first step. Moving forward, we plan to double down in this upcycling process using more recycled materials in our products and to one day make our showers out of 100% sustainable materials.