American Express x Parley: Collaborating to Combat Marine Plastic Pollution


American Express joins the movement to stem the tide of marine plastic pollution with a plan to introduce the first credit card made primarily using Ocean Plastic and new corporate commitments that embody Parley AIR


“Our oceans play a vital role in our lives, the health of our planet and the health of travel and tourism, which American Express has long supported. It’s important that we raise awareness and do our part to keep our oceans blue. Partnering with Parley is the right next step as we pursue our larger vision of backing our communities and sustaining the planet we share.” 

- Doug Buckminster, Group President of Global Consumer Services, American Express


Marine plastic pollution is a complex, fast-growing and global threat. It impacts every known ecosystem, and every human on Earth. And it’s caused by everyday decisions. To end it, we need to raise awareness, harness creativity and collaboration, and implement solutions at a rate that can outpace the destruction.Our new alliance with American Express will deliver this message to—and through—the company’s employees, customers and business partners. The collaboration introduces a new symbol for change:

the launch of the first-ever credit card manufactured primarily using Ocean Plastic, our catalyst for eco-innovation made from intercepted and up-cycled marine plastic debris.

American Express will also evolve its operations to embody the Parley AIR Strategy through a corporate pledge to limit single-use plastics, intercept plastic waste and redesign existing plastic products. American Express will:  


Pursue a strategy to reduce the use of virgin plastic in Card products.

Phase out single-use plastic straws and coffee stirrers for all its major offices and Centurion® airport lounges
globally within 30 days. 

Phase out single-use plastic for Centurion airport lounges by the end of the year.

Set a comprehensive waste reduction strategy to reduce single-use plastic and increase recycling rates in its operations
globally by the end of the year. 

Pursue zero waste certification for its New York City headquarters by 2025.

Enable American Express colleagues to be a part of the solution by engaging in annual company-run coastal and river clean-ups.



“Every second breath we take is created by the oceans. Without them, we can’t exist. American Express is creating a symbol of change and inviting their network to shape a blue future, one based on creativity, collaboration and eco-innovation.”

- Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans



Parley AIR is the strategy to end marine plastic pollution and call for everyone — private households, businesses, governments, and change-makers across all industries — to participate. With a focus on creativity, collaboration and eco-innovation, Parley AIR stands for three pillars of action: Avoid plastic wherever possible; Intercept existing plastic waste; and Redesign the materials, products and thinking at the root of the problem.

The Parley partnership is an ambitious step within American Express’ broader journey to become a more environmentally sustainable company. Together we will work to protect the oceans against plastic pollution through our strategy for solutions and define a new business culture. Everyone is invited to take part. 



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