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Rob Ianelli

Founder and President
Oceanworks

Rob Ianelli is founder & President of Oceanworks, the global marketplace for recycled ocean plastic products and materials.

Through the process of creating the world’s first ocean plastic sunglasses, Rob realized how hard it was to source ocean plastics and saw a larger opportunity to make sourcing of trusted ocean plastic materials simple, scalable, and accessible for all companies. Now, he leverages his experiences to help Fortune 500 companies successfully source recycled ocean plastic and integrate it into their supply chains.

Rob Ianelli is tagged in 7 stories.
Why Collaboration Is Crucial for Plastics Industry Disruption
Why Collaboration Is Crucial for Plastics Industry Disruption

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / To date, plastic recycling has nibbled around the edges. Just like with the climate crisis — no single nation or company can fix our plastic pollution problem on its own; success will only be realized via coordinated efforts. - 3 weeks ago

What Is Ocean-Bound Plastic? And Does It Really Matter?
What Is Ocean-Bound Plastic? And Does It Really Matter?

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / To fully address the plastic waste challenge, it is urgent to capture as much of it as possible. Diverting ocean-bound plastics is a worthy cause, but it only scratches the surface of the broader challenge of mismanaged waste. - 1 month ago

The Business Case(s) for Blending Ocean Plastics
The Business Case(s) for Blending Ocean Plastics

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Forging a path that recognizes both the importance of recycling and the specific needs of manufacturers will enlist far more companies into the world of recycled plastic. The key to this happy medium is blending. - 1 month ago

New Innovations Simplify Ocean Plastic Supply Chain
New Innovations Simplify Ocean Plastic Supply Chain

Supply Chain / Incorporating recycled ocean plastics into products is no longer a risky affair, and more brands are following in the footsteps of earlier pioneers to revolutionize their own product lines and story with these salvaged materials. - 2 months ago

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How a Classic Brand Is Tackling the Marine Plastic Problem
How a Classic Brand Is Tackling the Marine Plastic Problem

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Zipper giant YKK Group has used recycled PET yarns in the woven tape of its Natulon® zippers since 1994. But when it wanted to help address the challenge of ocean plastic, the company saw it as an opportunity to get creative. - 2 months ago

6 Tips for Avoiding Recycled Materials Supply Chain Disruptions
6 Tips for Avoiding Recycled Materials Supply Chain Disruptions

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Don’t wait until a breakdown happens to explore alternatives. Start evaluating your supply chain today and expand your recycled plastic sources to keep things humming no matter what the world throws at you. - 2 months ago

Recycled Plastic Certifications Are Stifling Innovation
Recycled Plastic Certifications Are Stifling Innovation

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Recycled plastic certification makes sense. Manufacturers need confidence that the raw materials they’re acquiring meet their requirements and are truly recycled. But more certifications likely means higher costs and thus less recycled plastic. - 3 months ago

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