Established in 2012 by designer and brand and product developer Cyrill Gutsch, Parley for the Oceans is the global collaborative network that brings together creators, thinkers and leaders from brands, governments, creative communities and environmental groups on projects that raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the oceans, and strategies that can put an end to their destruction.
Parley for the Oceans was founded in the heart of the arts community, with early supporters like Julian Schnabel, who created the Parley logo and hosted the first Parley talk at his home. Since then, Parley has expanded its program and collaborated on projects ranging from one-of-a-kind artist works and site-specific installations, such as Doug Aitken's underwater pavilions, to eco-innovative surfboards with leading contemporary artists such as Katharina Grosse and Ed Ruscha. Parley launched a series of limited edition artist bags made from Parley Ocean Plastic®, including collaborations with: Doug AItken, Walton Ford, Jenny Holzer, Bharti Kher, David LaChapelle, Pipilotti Rist, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel and Rosemarie Trocke
To raise awareness of major ocean threats and fund initiatives focused on direct impact, education, materials science and eco-innovation, Parley introduced Ocean Plastic®, a range of materials made from intercepted marine plastic debris and recycled. Ocean Plastic® brought marine plastic pollution into the global spotlight by replacing virgin plastic and empowering leaders and a network of partners in the sports, fashion and luxury industries to transform products into symbols of change. Its use catalyzes Parley's long-term vision and strategy for a material revolution: Parley AIR – Avoid. Intercept. redesign