Anyone who’s met the founder of OCEANTEE, Ed Sandison, will tell you that this is a man on a sustainable golf mission. A mission to create a more sustainable future – for golf, for the oceans and for the planet.
Ed and his team are doing it by bringing sustainability to the attention of the whole golf industry. The company works alongside the Tours, tournaments, brands and golf clubs to help them reduce their impact on the environment – particularly when it comes to their plastic footprints.
OCEANTEE has also supported our first ever Top 100 Ranking of Green Golf Courses.
Plastic is everywhere you look in golf. From polyester polos, to product packaging and even the tees some players still use.
OCEANTEE has proven that natural and sustainably-made alternatives perform equally well and look, and feel, great. Its mantra is ‘Good for players, good for the planet’.
Through extensive R&D the brand has pioneered the use of sustainable processes and materials in golf, starting with the humble bamboo golf tee.
Everything about the brand is transparent. For instance, its cap range is made from upcycled ocean waste, the origin of which can be traced using the QR code in the inside of the cap.
When OCEANTEE launched its award-winning apparel range they used a fabric called TENCEL which is made from wood pulp and cotton scraps – something that has never been seen before in golf. It performs better than plastic based sports-tech fabrics, but rather than hiding the source of this revolutionary new fabric, Ed encourages others to use it – for the good of the planet.
Sustainability sits across a series of pillars, one of which is social impact. OCEANTEE’s community activations and educational projects, run through partnerships with both the DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour, have caught the attention of the media, tour players, and the world outside of golf.
In 2021 OCEANTEE won one of the highest accolades in sustainability – a Global Good Award, which recognises not just the company’s products, but its ethos and contribution to effecting and inspiring wider change.
Collaboration has been, and will continue to be, an important part of OCEANTEE’s journey, including working with the GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf (who were heavily involved in this feature list) as well as the DP World Tour as an Official Supplier and Official Partner of the Tour’s Green Drive.
This huge platform is an essential part of the company’s strategy as it enables Ed and his team to bring important concepts such as Blue Carbon to hundreds of thousands of golf fans around the globe.
Blue Carbon, in case you were wondering, is the term for carbon captured by the world’s oceans. Marine ecosystems – including areas of seagrass and saltmarsh, mangroves and even the seabed itself – can absorb carbon faster than tropical rainforests, meaning they’re some of the most important resources that we have when it comes to tackling climate change.
OCEANTEE continues to make waves in the golf industry, but there is clearly a long way to go. Being part of that journey for clubs and players means making small changes and supporting brands like @oceanteegolf as they strive to make golf good for players AND good for the planet.
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