As part of a new effort to advance the use of recycled ocean plastic, SABIC and Microsoft Corporation have collaborated to create Microsoft’s first consumer electronic product – the Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse – with an exterior shell containing 20% recycled ocean plastic.

Ocean plastic is defined as plastic that has been certified by a third party as recovered from any ocean or ocean-feeding waterways or where it washed ashore from these locations. This material differs from ocean-bound plastic in that the latter is recovered from ocean-feeding waterways, shorelines and inland areas within a 50 km radius of the ocean. The two recycled products play complementary roles in helping address the issue of ocean plastic waste.

Microsoft began this project with an objective of creating a plastic resin made from at least 10% recycled ocean plastic as part of its commitment to achieve zero waste by 2030. After hearing the initial vision for the project, SABIC joined the effort to source the recycled material and to formulate a resin that satisfied Microsoft’s demanding quality standards. The Microsoft design team collaborated with technologists at SABIC to provide feedback on prototypes made with the new resin, resulting in several rounds of reformulation prior to arriving at a final version that exceeded Microsoft’s initial 10% goal. The final product contains 20% recycled ocean plastic by weight in its external casing or “shell.”

The Ocean Plastic Mouse is made of 20% recycled ocean plastic. Source: MicrosoftThe Ocean Plastic Mouse is made of 20% recycled ocean plastic. Source: Microsoft

The SABIC-Microsoft collaboration envisions SABIC providing a new XENOY resin for Microsoft product use that is comprised of 20% ocean plastic, as part of SABIC’S TRUCIRCLE portfolio and services. This new XENOY resin with recycled ocean plastic can help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. For example, based on a resin grade comprised of 20% recycled content, for every one kiloton of product containing recycled ocean-plastic XENOY PC/PET compound, an equivalent of 24 million single-use 0.5 liter PET water bottles is removed from the ocean, ocean-feeding waterways or ocean-adjacent shores.

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