Thanks for joining us! This is our very first SeaHive blog post. It’s been quiet from us but we’ve been anything but idle. We’ve been hard at work creating our first plastic-free packaging collaboration with Pakt. Many of you probably found us via Pakt and already know about the Pakt One travel bag that they launched on Indiegogo. SeaHive is involved with the packaging for that bag, helping design and source 100% plastic-free packaging that performs as well or better than the environmentally harmful plastic-based standard packaging.
In the above photo, Claire, the factory manager at Pakt’s Vietnamese manufacturing partner shows the “X” sign she came up with to tell her non-english speaking staff to avoid plastic. The conversation went something like this:
Malcolm of Pakt and Seahive: “It’s important that we eliminate ALL plastic from the packaging”
Claire: “No poly bag?”
Malcolm: “No poly bag, no plastic wrapping. We have designed it so that we don’t even need a piece of plastic tape in the packaging.”
Claire: “Oh, wow. OK got it.” She then turned and rattled off the stern “NO PLASTIC” message to her factory staff in multiple languages with the new “X” hand sign.
Pakt’s crowdfunding campaign has been very successful which is good news for SeaHive. We plan to raise awareness of the problem of ocean plastic pollution among consumers through the huge number of products created and distributed around the world. The core of our business model involves helping companies make the switch to plastic free packaging, so the more products we are able to repackage, the more people we are able to reach with our message. Each product becomes one less product with packaging that can end up in the oceans. Pakt’s success means that our very first project will put the plastic-free message in the hands of 10,000 people! Not a bad start.
The long-term goal is to shift expectations so that we, as consumers, begin to prefer and then demand that manufacturers make the relatively small extra effort required to avoid plastic packaging. We believe this is the modest start of something very big, and we’re glad you’re here from the beginning. Ideally, factory managers around the world will soon use Claire’s “X” hand sign and “No plastic!” message with their staff.
Will you help us build this movement by telling your friends? Share it, forward it, or shout it too the world– whatever method you choose we appreciate the help!
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