Tag: ocean plastic pollution

  • How To Cut Down On Single-Use Plastics Before They’re Banned

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    By Ryan Johnson If you’re trying to be a good global citizen who does their part to stop the impending end of the world, plastic is probably already on your list of waste no-nos. We haven’t been suffering through the flimsy, soggy, melt-after-one-suck abomination that is the paper straw for nothing! It seems like every […]

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  • World Ocean Day 2019: Ocean plastics problem isn’t going away, but here’s what you can do to help

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    By Ryan Johnson The consequences from the mass production, consumption and discarding of plastics continue to get worse and worse, and the health of the environment – especially the world’s oceans – is deteriorating because of it. The problem with plastics is relatively new but serious, John Hocevar, marine biologist and oceans campaign director for Greenpeace […]

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  • Why we’re still at sea on ocean plastics — the real reasons we haven’t solved the plastic crisis yet

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    By Christopher Thompson In the context of a circular economy, ocean plastics are a symptom of a larger, complex problem of unsustainable consumption and production. But with roughly 150 million tons of plasticscirculating the world’s oceans and an additional eight tons being added each year, the symptom is getting harder to ignore. I’ve just spent part of the […]

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  • Plastic waste in our oceans: The invasion we don’t see

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    By Christopher Thompson The recent death of a young sperm whale, filled with plastic, could be another warning sign of what is happening in our oceans, and how we need to intervene to protect our marine animals. Since the beginning of 2019, according to Greenpeace Italia, five sperm whales filled with plastic have washed ashore […]

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  • These tiny microbes are munching away at plastic waste in the ocean

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    By Ryan Johnson Plastic makes up nearly 70% of all ocean litter, putting countless aquatic species at risk. But there is a tiny bit of hope—a teeny, tiny one to be precise: Scientists have discovered that microscopic marine microbes are eating away at the plastic, causing trash to slowly break down. To conduct the study, […]

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  • Bottle-to-bottle Recycler Tackles Ocean Plastic Pollution

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    By Ryan Johnson CarbonLITE is launching a new category of PET plastic—100 percent post-consumer, ocean-diverted plastic. As part of its closed loop philosophy, CarbonLITE Industries, a global recycler and producer of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET), is launching a new category: 100 percent post-consumer, ocean-diverted plastic. CarbonLITE’s newest offering will replace virgin materials for food, […]

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  • Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England

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    By Ryan Johnson Government confirms ban on sale and use of items from April next year Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the government has confirmed. The move, which has been in the offing for more than a […]

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  • What is Italy doing about the shocking level of plastic pollution on its coastline?

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    By Christopher Thompson After the release of alarming new figures showing the extent of plastic pollution on Italian beaches, and the sad news that another whale has washed up in Italy with a stomach full of plastic, we look at what Italy is doing to clean up its coastline. Environmental campaigners in Italy raised the […]

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  • Scientists Develop 100 Percent Recyclable Plastics That May Reduce Pollution In The Ocean

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    By Ryan Johnson One of the challenges with plastics is that even those marketed as recyclables are not used again. Only less than a third of recyclable plastic is repurposed after the recycling process, and the rest are either disposed of as non-recyclable waste or incinerated. A new breakthrough, however, offers hope to this problem. […]

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  • A stranded dolphin in Florida shows why plastic bags are the worst

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    By Ryan Johnson The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are warm and welcoming. Even during the dead of winter, Floridians enjoy higher temperatures swimming than New Yorkers on land in spring. We share the area with a marvelous array of wildlife, including dolphins—long, strong sleek creatures who speed by in pods, their jutting fins, […]

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