Urban Resource Group Inc., a Toronto, Ontario-based affiliate of Canada Fibers Ltd., announced successful collaborative trials with Lush Cosmetics, Vancouver, British Columbia, involving recycling of ocean plastic into cosmetic containers.
In late 2016, Lush delivered plastic collected from a six-month long, volunteer-led ocean cleanup project to Urban Resource Group's plastic recycling facility in Toronto. Urban Resource Group took on the challenge of converting the mix of plastic into a plastic pellet to use in a standard manufacturing setting.
Lush partnered with environmental nonprofit Ocean Legacy Foundation to collect approximately 25 tons of plastic from the ocean and shorelines of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Staff scientists at Urban Resources Group tested the materials through its plastic recycling facility. After a series of trials, the group successfully created plastic pellets to meet Lush's specifications needed to make their 100 percent recycled cosmetic containers.