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Dow joins forces with Circulate Capital and Ocean Conservancy to tackle ocean plastic waste. (Source: Dow Packaging)
Dow joins forces with Circulate Capital and Ocean Conservancy to tackle ocean plastic waste. (Source: Dow Packaging)

Dow announced its intention to further invest and develop new global initiatives and solutions that work to prevent and remediate plastic waste in the environment.

The initiatives, announced in conjunction with the recent Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, include Dow’s commitment to join several other major global brands to become a founding investor in Circulate Capital’s US$100 million effort to incubate and finance companies and infrastructure that prevent waste in oceans.

The company also announced at the Conference that it intends to donate an additional US$1 million to Ocean Conservancy over the next two years to support waste collection and recycling solutions in Southeast Asian countries.

This money would be used for projects that build the capacity of local non-governmental organizations and partnerships with city leaders to develop, scale and replicate implementable solutions.

“Dow is leading the way in our industry – by applying circular economy logic, collaborating across the value chain, innovating new products, and through the commitment of our employees and customers – to put an end to plastic waste in the environment,” said Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer of Dow.

Circulate Capital

Circulate Capital’s mission is to demonstrate the viability of investment in the waste management and recycling sectors to attract the institutional investment capital needed to scale integrated recycling and waste management companies and infrastructure across South and Southeast Asia.

The investment model seeks to mobilize institutional investment capital through financial structures that blend concessionary and philanthropic funds with market rate investment capital with a view to mitigating risk and demonstrating that investment in the resource recovery sector can ultimately provide attractive financial returns.

Circulate Capital expects to receive US$100 million in combined funding from a variety of the consumer packaged goods and chemical companies.

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with its partners, the organization creates science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

Dow’s latest US$1 million donation to Ocean Conservancy builds upon the more than 20-year relationship between the organizations. As a major sponsor of the organization’s annual International Coastal Cleanup, Dow and Ocean Conservancy founded the Trash Free Seas Alliance (TFSA) in 2012, a coalition of businesses, academics and NGOs, to analyze and address upstream causes of ocean plastic pollution.

“Partnering with organizations such as Ocean Conservancy are essential to Dow’s commitment to advancing end-of-life solutions for plastic, as we accelerate innovation focused on driving new types of recycling processes, supporting reusability and using fewer resources,” said Mike Witt, Dow’s corporate director of Plastics Circular Economy.

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