UPDATE – March 15
Check out this article from Forbes about Method, another company that uses 100 percent post-consumer plastic in all of its bottles. Method is now turning to recycling plastic from the ocean which is a much more challenging mission.
Plastic pollution is a problem worldwide. How exactly is it affecting our oceans and what is being done about it?
Last week, AFP reported that the 4.5 ton sperm whale found on a beach in southern Spain last year had died form ingesting too much plastic. The whale had over 37 pounds (17kg) of plastic blocking its stomach. Unfortunately, it’s not the only animal consuming plastic in the ocean…
A couple years ago, researchers found that about 9 percent of fish living near the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch had plastic in their stomachs. Just last month, researchers in the UK found that over a third of fish living in the English Channel had microplastics (tiny fragments on plastic) in their digestive systems.
From discarded fishing lines and the rings around a six-pack to microscopic fragments from body scrubs, plastic is hurting our ocean. Save Our Shores notes that 86 percent of sea turtle species are affected by ocean pollution. According to TakePart, over 100,000 marine mammals and nearly one million seabirds die every year from either ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.
With this in mind, check out this article from Resource magazine about a joint initiative between plastic manufacturer Closed Loop Recycling and sustainable cleaning products brand Ecover to recover and reuse plastic from our oceans.
Their plan is to collect plastic debris from UK waters and use it to create new packaging products. Hopefully, their trials will be a success and this great idea will spread to other places around the world.
To learn more:
- Read the about the sperm whale: Beached sperm whale in Spain dies after eating large amounts of plastic
- Read this article: Fish in the UK are Eating Plastic
- Check out some Fast Facts about Plastic Pollution
- Read about The Save Our Shores Plastic Pollution Initiative
- Find out how Plastic Pollution in our Oceans affects you
- Read a summary of all published articles on plastic in the ocean
- Read the whole article from Resource: Ecover to recycle plastic from ocean debris
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