At Oceanic, we love the world’s oceans and aquatic playgrounds. We take our ecological footprint seriously, that’s why we’re excited to expand on our commitment to oceanic stewardship in 2021, and beyond.
As the world continues to develop, it’s becoming more and more important to adopt cleaner industrial practices. As a company, we’ve taken this reality to heart. So on this Earth Day, we’d like to share a little of what we’re doing to move in the right direction.
Our Commitment to Oceanic Stewardship
We still have a long way to go, but every day we’re finding new ways to clean up our act. Over the past year alone, we’ve embarked on the largest waste-reduction campaign in our company’s history.
We’ve shifted manuals, warranty registrations and more over to digital formats—keeping mountains of paper out of the landfill. Similarly, we now offer online tech/service training for our retail partners—cutting travel times, carbon emissions and headaches.
On the manufacturing front, we’ve been hard at work building clean practices into our teams and systems. Take for example our R&D shop and manufacturing facility in Oceanside.
Based in California, the facility adheres to strict regional EPA standards that keeps it at the cutting edge of eco-manufacturing best practices. Every step of our machining process is clean and sustainable. We 100% recycle every piece of scrap metal, and all waste metals are redirected back into production.
Whenever possible, we use eco-friendly alternatives, lessening our fossil-fuel output. Instead of using a standard oil-based lubricant in our machines, we use a vegetable-based cutting fluid called vege-cut. After it’s exhausted, we recycle that, too.
And in an industry where you get what you pay for, it pays to partner with the best, even if it costs more. When looking at suppliers, we weigh their ethics, equipment, quality control, energy consumption and eco-practices to ensure they align with our values and standards.
In the Office
Internally, very little waste comes out of our business. We recycle our cardboard, metals and all incoming packaging and have built ways to make those processes easier.
Over the past year, we’ve transitioned our warehouse ops to a new management system that dramatically increases efficiency and cuts printing waste.
As global leaders in dive, we deploy cutting-edge technology to maximize our potential—so we inevitably run into a lot of e-waste. But by teaming with a third party that specializes in e-waste recycling, every computer, gauge or piece of IT equipment (printer, laptop, monitor, etc) gets responsibly disposed of when it becomes obsolete.
As for culture, to limit emissions and increase work-life balance, we’ve actively encouraged remote working since before it was cool—or globally necessary.
We recognize that single-use plastic is a HUGE problem globally, and we want to be part of the solution. That’s why we’re cutting plastic across the board—especially in our product packaging.
We’ve removed extra plastic bagging from all of our masks and much of our packaging has been switched over to plastic-free alternatives.
The Future of Oceanic Stewardship
It’s true: the goal of 100% sustainability is still a ways off. But each day, we’ll be excited to do more to deepen our commitment to oceanic stewardship.
So, what’s next? In the coming years we’ll continue to minimize our packaging waste and find new, innovative solutions for cutting material and energy waste in our domestic and international operations.
The road to a brighter, cleaner future is a long one. But together, we can incrementally make an impact and save our oceanic playgrounds for future generations to enjoy.