Business in harmony with the sea

Cyrill Gutsch, CEO and founder of Parley for the Oceans

We need a new dream, a blue one… to create new technologies, to let go of the toxic past.

  • Parley for the Oceans was formed to 'bridge the gap between environmentalists and corporations' by bringing together scientists, artists and brands to find solutions to prevent the destruction of the oceans.
  • Award-winning designer Cyrill Gutsch founded Parley after meeting Greenpeace co-founder Captain Paul Watson and deciding to establish a business culture where protecting the oceans would be more lucrative than destroying them.
  • To do this Parley has partnered with major corporations including Adidas and American Express; the United Nations; and collaborators from diverse areas such as art, fashion, entertainment and sport.
  • Parley views plastic as a design failure and perhaps its biggest contribution is the invention of Ocean Plastic, which is made from recycled marine plastic cleared from coastlines and waters. They say that to date more than 100 thousand volunteers have intercepted 11 million pounds (about five-million kilograms) of waste, creating 100 million product sales with a revenue of $1.2 billion.
  • Parley plans to operate in every country with a coastline by 2024 and expand their Ocean Schools program that brings together ambassadors – from NASA scientists to athletes – to educate and inspire, especially in developing island states.

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