Plastic Oceanic is a small family run business based in Penryn, founded by Dan Edwards and more recently supported by Kirstie Edwards (no relation). The company was set up as a response to the marine plastic problem and the material is collected from non-recyclable plastics gathered on local beach cleans. Dan, therefore, started experimenting with this waste and explored ways it could be used, mainly through the creation of jewellery.
The business has received support from Tevi, a unique and exciting venture led by the University of Exeter that provides small and medium-sized enterprises across the county with expert consultation, opportunities for recognition and certification, and grant funding.
Since its start-up, the business has tripled production and are now creating around 150 pieces a week. Dan is also collaborating with a local woodsman to develop tables with a new kind of material, jesmonite. This material is being combined with ground-up plastic flakes instead of epoxy.
The business currently only produces one carrier bag of waste a year.
Spokesperson: Kirstie Edwards