Tag Archive | plastic waste

“The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

The Ocean Cleanup plastic

https://www.businessinsider.com/ocean-cleanup-catches-plastic-great-pacific-garbage-patch-2019-10

  • In 2013, at age 19, the entrepreneur Boyan Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that aims to rid the ocean of plastic.
  • The organization designed a device to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a trash-filled vortex in the ocean that’s more than twice the size of Texas.
  • The system has gone through multiple iterations since the first version spilled the plastic it collected back into the water.
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“There’s a Tiny Plastic Enemy Threatening the Planet’s Oceans”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-11/there-s-a-tiny-plastic-enemy-threatening-the-earth-s-oceans?srnd=premium-europe

“Nurdles” may be a big source of marine pollution, and shareholder advocates want to know what’s being done.

“Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested ‘6kg of plastic'”

A stranded whale with plastic in its belly is seen in Wakatobi, south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia,19 November 2018 in this picture obtained from social media

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46275742

A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in a national park in Indonesia had nearly 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, park officials say.

“This Thiel-Backed Startup Says It Can Clean Up the Seas. Scientists Have Doubts”

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BOTTOM LINE – Ocean Cleanup is about to try to show the world that its ambitious plastic-sweeping plan can work, but serious questions remain, and the endeavor alone can’t solve the problem.

“Saving the Mediterranean with Yellow Ducks”

How to bring home the sheer volume of plastic waste in the oceans? Fill the bay of Cannes with yellow plastic ducks.

“China’s plastic waste ban will leave 111 million tons of trash with nowhere to go”

https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17484866/chinas-plastic-waste-import-ban-trash

China’s recent crackdown on the import of plastic waste will result in millions of tons of displaced plastic trash, according to new research. The ban will force countries like the US to find new ways to deal with their own trash.

“90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from 8 Asian rivers”

https://theprint.in/science/90-of-plastic-polluting-our-oceans-comes-from-8-asian-rivers/71485/

By analyzing the waste found in the rivers and surrounding landscape, researchers were able to estimate that just 10 river systems carry 90% of the plastic that ends up in the ocean.

Eight of them are in Asia: the Yangtze; Indus; Yellow; Hai He; Ganges; Pearl; Amur; Mekong; and two in Africa – the Nile and the Niger.

“McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws”

cups with paper straws

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44492352

McDonald’s will replace plastic straws with paper ones in all its UK and Ireland restaurants, starting from September.

“The once pristine waters of Antarctica now contain plastic fibers”

Greenpeace activist Grant Oakes shows a water sample collected using a manta trawl in Neko Harbour, Antarctica, February 16, 2018. Picture taken February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini - RC1B04B8EB50

https://qz.com/1299485/antarcticas-waters-now-contain-plastic-fibers/

Samples of water and snow from across Antarctica contain tiny plastic fibers and traces of industrial chemicals, according to a new report from environmental advocacy group Greenpeace.