Meet Two Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit Participants


With only 4 weeks to go until the Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit,  we're shining a light on some of our participants.


John Warner, Chief Technology Officer at
Warner Babcock

John is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text “Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice” with Paul Anastas. He has published extensively on the application of the 12 principles of green chemistry and the need to incorporate them into product design and the chemistry curriculum. Because of his unique view of the chemical enterprises, formed from over 30 years of experience in industry, academia and entrepreneurship he has been asked to serve on several regional, national and international government initiatives in chemicals policy.

According to Entity Magazine, "Warner isn’t just helping save the world: he’s creating the guidebook for making sure we aren’t destroying it. Since pioneering the field of green chemistry and co-authoring the foundational book on the subject twenty years ago, Warner has made it his life’s mission to educate scientists and businesses on better, safer, and more sustainable ways to make products."

Learn more about the role of chemistry in the circular economy. 


Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans

Parley for the Oceans, a global network of creators, thinkers and leaders from brands, governments and environmental groups who come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction.

One of Parley's missions is to turn products into symbols of change. 

"A product made with recycled plastics shows my intention, it attracts like-minded people and it shows that I'm part of a movement," said Founder Cyrill Gutsch.

Clearly, the movement is gaining momentum as Adidas, a Parley partner, recently announced that after 1 million pairs of shoes made with recycled ocean plastics were produced in 2017 and five million in 2018, it plans to produce 11 million pairs of shoes containing recycled ocean plastic this year.

The first annual Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit gathers leaders from across the plastic value chain to viscerally experience the reality of the ocean plastics crisis.

More than 100 global change makers will attend the Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit. Participants will share best practices, highlight existing solutions and explore new innovations by confronting one of the most challenging issues on the planet. For four days, through solutions-based programming, an onboard microplastics lab, an innovation hub, trawling for plastic in the open ocean and a beach cleanup, we’ll deep dive into the marine debris crisis. We’ll explore new ways to engage the entire value chain and address challenges related to chemical recycling, recycling infrastructure, alternative business models, financing and industry collaboration.


Partner Perspective: Is Recycling Enough to Save Our Whales from Plastics?

Nick Mallos, Ocean Conservancy
Credit: Ocean Conservancy Blog

Earlier this week, I met with Janet Shamlian of CBS This Morning to explore the overwhelming problem of ocean plastic. Plastic touches all of our lives, from the food packaging we buy to the computers and phones we work on every day. Many of the plastics you touch in your daily life are used only once and thrown away, or at best, recycled. Getting waste collection and recycling right improves more than just ocean health. It can increase economic and job growth, make us healthier and reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses. But recycling alone is not enough to dig us out of the ocean plastic hole.


This Spring, 5 Gyres Institute is launching TrashBlitz, a platform for all of us to unite around taking charge of waste in our communities, through gathering the data we need to identify problems and drive solutions locally.

TrashBlitz is a response to stakeholders who have stated that while global datasets are informative, what’s needed to drive change in communities is local data: what’s in our backyard? And what local knowledge, innovation, or expertise can we tap into to drive local change?

This is where grassroots mobilization will engage in collecting meaningful data and bring it to government and corporate leaders with the solutions that work best for all.

TrashBlitz kicks off in Los Angeles and will grow to more cities globally. If you live in the LA area, take the #trashtag data challenge using the TrashBlitz web app to collect data on the top polluting single-use plastic items. Identify brands in your neighborhood while cleaning up the area. This data will be modeled by 5 Gyres to give any city a comprehensive picture of what type of plastic pollution is entering their waterways.

Data Collection Days: April 20th & May 11th 

Learn More about TrashBlitz
Get in Touch with Our Team
The Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit is curated and led by SoulBuffalo with with partners WWF, National Geographic, Ocean Conservancy,  5Gyes, WBCSD, Closed Loop Partners, the Recycling Partnership, Parley for the Oceans, the Warner Babcock Institute, Dow, SAP, Circulate Capital, IDEO, Hatch Global, Meridian Institute,  SYSTEMIQ, and the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry.
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