Ocean Conservation: Microplastics in the Food Chain

Green Tech Challenge

More specifically, microplastic. Mussels, tuna, sardines, sea bream, hake, you name it; all contain an amount of microplastics consumed while in the sea. Research conducted by Orb Media found microplastic particles in bottled water as well. How do Microplastics come about? These are only some of the large deposits which later disintegrate into microplastics. So yes, cigarettes are a source of microplastics too. All of these are secondary microplastics.

6 Practical Ways We Can Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution

The Environmental Blog

Recycle Correctly. Recycling has been an important part of conserving our natural resources while greatly contributing towards improving our environment for many years now. Unfortunately, there are still many who are confused about what can and can’t go into the recycling bin.

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Graphene-based packaging presented as first truly biodegradeable and compostable alternative to plastic

Envirotec Magazine

It’s because they need specific manmade conditions to biodegrade, and many degrade into microplastics, which contaminate our oceans and food chain for centuries”. Bio-waste News Recycling and Reuse

No more plastic pollution: How to give a Christmas present to the Earth

The Environmental Blog

As of 2018, the amount of not recycled plastic packaging produced only in the UK at Christmas weighed nearly as much as 215,000 polar bears. It often has plastic coatings and microplastics-made glitter on it. However, recycling is not the only option to recirculate stuff.

The Ocean Cleanup has first success collecting plastic from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

AGreenLiving

As an added bonus, not only was the prototype able to collect large, visible items but also microplastics as small as one millimeter. The collected plastic will, in turn, be recycled onshore and sold to business-to-consumer (B2C) companies. The recycling revenue will be reinvested into the nonprofit’s expansion plans for further ocean waste management and sanitation. +

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September is Coastal Cleanup Month with a new look for 2020

AGreenLiving

Related: Atlantic has 10 times the microplastics previously thought The centralized information also allows organizers to track the amount and types of garbage removed. Plastic in the waterways begins to break down into microplastics, which marine animals ingest. This comes full circle as seafood that may contain microplastics lands onto our dinner plates. In addition, the event promotes more sustainable activities such as recycling and minimizing waste.

Environmentally friendly leather wins European circular economy startup award

Envirotec Magazine

Differently coloured trustmarks indicate whether products and/or packaging are free of plastics and microplastics or are made of recyclates. Recycling and ReuseThe winning entry from Gelatex Technologies is described as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional leather. The material is produced “without the use of toxins and comes at half the price.”

Where there's hope for speeding up business action on plastics

GreenBiz

PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever and even Tupperware have signed on with governments and NGOs to do away with "unnecessary" plastics and innovate so that other plastics will be reused, recycled or composted; and kept out of natural systems. Plastics Pact by EMF, The Recycling Partnership and WWF.

All Eyes on Marine Plastic From Orbit

Planet Pulse

One of the most topical problems in marine pollution is microplastic debris, with an estimated 93 to 236 thousand metric tons of microplastic in our oceans as of 2014.

The Ocean Cleanup project finally cleaned up some plastic

Grist

Our ocean cleanup system is now finally catching plastic, from one-ton ghost nets to tiny microplastics! The new system even managed to pick up 1-millimeter microplastics, which Ocean Cleanup described as “a feat we were pleasantly surprised to achieve” in a press release. to be recycled. Well, folks, there’s a first time for everything — the Ocean Cleanup project has successfully deployed a device that collects plastic pollution.

Everloops sustainable toothbrush comes with replaceable bamboo bristles

AGreenLiving

The company’s Everloop toothbrush combines a reusable, recycled plastic handle with replaceable bristles made from compostable bamboo. Related: Tooth — the eco-friendly toothbrush made from recycled and biodegradable materials The plastic handles on typical toothbrushes are regularly found during beach cleanups, and the tiny nylon bristles have the potential to contribute to microplastics in the ocean.

Fast Fashion: The Damage It’s Caused and How to Stop It

The Environmental Blog

The microplastics in clothes are non-biodegradable and pollute the water. Recycled versions of cotton, wool, nylon or polyester are better for the environment than anything non-recycled. Fashion is an industry that sometimes flies under the radar in terms of its environmental impact. And while it has always had these effects, the industry has increased production drastically in the last few years alone.

Aluminum cans vs plastic bottles: which is best for the environment?

AGreenLiving

Related: This rechargeable camping headlamp is made out of sustainable wood and recycled aluminum Today, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 80% of the marine debris found in our oceans originated as land-based trash that was not recycled. Over 90% of the plastics found in the ocean is comprised of microplastics, which commonly end up ingested by aquatic animals, often killing them through choking or toxicity.

Packaging developer Choose toasts 'world's first' biodegradable paper bottle

Business Green

The outer casing is made from recycled de-inked newspapers, the interior is built from a plant-based waterproof liner free of virgin PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, and a metal cap rusts down in the environment into naturally occurring minerals, the firm explained. All these bottles react in exactly the same way as a PET beverage bottle: they break down into microplastics, damage the environment and kill the oceans.

Scandinavian company Tikkurila debuts new paint collection to protect endangered species

AGreenLiving

Related: Microplastics accelerate cell death at 3 times the normal rate, study says “The goal of Tikkurila’s paints has always been to protect buildings and furniture, thus increasing their lifespan,” shares Elisa Markula, CEO of Tikkurila. They are also packaged into recycled plastic buckets. Business Green Recycle bright-ideas- cells-as-well collaboration design endangered wildlife materials-being miles-or-four news social design

How to replace single-use and plastic items in the kitchen

AGreenLiving

Tempered glass containers keep food fresh and are non-toxic , recyclable and food-safe (even in the freezer). However, most plastic single-use coffee pods such as K-Cups and Nespresso Pods end up in landfills or oceans rather than being recycled. This plastic pollution is small enough to quickly break down into microplastics that have the potential to harm wildlife. The material makes them 100% recyclable at the end of the product’s lifespan.

Discover Bruvi, a single-serve coffee machine with biodegradable pods

AGreenLiving

They are not only 100% recyclable, but they are also designed to break down without leaving microplastics behind in a landfill environment. Coffee aficionados struggle with a balance between smooth flavor, convenience and environmental impact. While most single-serve coffee pods rank high in the convenience category, they fail to perform in quality, and the waste from coffee pods ranges from challenging to detrimental. Enter Bruvi, a startup aimed at solving these dilemmas.

Britons poised to throw out 67 million clothes after lockdown, WRAP warns

Business Green

Everyone can play a role in supporting the charity and textile reuse and recycling sector. Textiles and clothing items are notoriously difficult to recycle, and large amounts of old clothing still end up being sent to landfill in the UK each year, where microplastics from synthetic textiles pose a particular problem in polluting waterways. Public urged to check ahead to avoid overwhelming charity shops with mountain of clothing donations.

Plastics: no longer a punch line

Martin LaMonica

On Earth Day, the United Nations issued its first State of Plastics report , calling for more recycling and better ways to manufacture and manage the material in its many forms. But much of the plastic pollution in the oceans is microplastics – many times smaller than the width of a human hair. He describes the different types of bio-plastics and how recycling systems will need to change to handle plant-based plastics.

Say No To Styrofoam: Eco-Friendly Take Out Boxes

Green Business Bureau

Packaging leftovers in recyclable or biodegradable takeout containers leaves a lasting impression of social and environmental awareness on your customers. By making the shift from using harmful pollutants, to something environmentally friendly and recyclable, you are saying a lot about your business without having to say anything at all. Small fish and organisms can mistake any sort of microplastics as food and ingest them causing illness or death.

Major banks 'co-responsible' for plastics crisis, first-of-its-kind investigation argues

Business Green

Every year, a million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic pollution, while the average person eats about 70,000 particles of microplastic each year, with the long-term effects still not understood.

'Huge potential': EU targets throwaway culture with sweeping circular economy plan

Business Green

A sweeping strategy to boost reuse, repair, and recycling across a multitude of consumer products has been unveiled by the European Commission this week, with stricter rules planned for food, plastics, textiles, construction, and electronics in a bid to cut down on waste and pollution. Many products break down too easily, cannot be reused, repaired or recycled, or are made for single use only.

Flow of plastic waste in the ocean could triple by 2040

AGreenLiving

Related: Record high amount of microplastic found on seafloors “Breaking the Plastic Wave” identifies eight measures that could reduce plastic waste by 80%. The proposed measures include reducing plastic production and consumption, substituting plastics with biodegradable alternatives, designing product packaging for recycling , increasing recycling, increasing waste collection rates and reducing plastic waste exports.

Flow of plastic waste in the ocean could triple by 2040

AGreenLiving

Related: Record high amount of microplastic found on seafloors “Breaking the Plastic Wave” identifies eight measures that could reduce plastic waste by 80%. The proposed measures include reducing plastic production and consumption, substituting plastics with biodegradable alternatives, designing product packaging for recycling , increasing recycling, increasing waste collection rates and reducing plastic waste exports.

Is Covid-19 being used to lobby against the single-use plastic crackdown?

Business Green

Moreover, they argued that, as well as being damaging to the environment, studies had found links between microplastics and ill-health , adding that governments should "listen to the science of plastic". Last year, the World Health Organisation also called for an urgent assessment of the health impacts of microplastic pollution , warning current data was "extremely limited".

The Ocean Cleanup Bags Its First Lot of Trash

Unsustainable

The plan is to find a way to recycle the recovered plastics so that the project begins to pay for itself. The nets were also limited in their ability to pick up microplastics, which are formed by larger pieces breaking down in the water. The current U-shaped boom is the latest design which allows fish and other sea animals to swim underneath, while it captures floating plastic debris ranging in size from microplastics to discarded tires.

On the Need for a Global Ban on the Production, Distribution, and Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

Unsustainable

million tonnes of plastic waste were generated, only about 14% of which was recycled or reused (Pickin and Randell 2016, p. Recycling can help to alleviate this cost, to be sure. It was recorded in 2010 that “94% of households recycled or reused plastic bottles,” (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010, para. The banning of disposable plastic water bottles is the most reasonable, sustainable, and conscientious plan for the future; and this ban should begin now.

Where there's hope for speeding up business action on plastics

Business Green

PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever and even Tupperware have signed on with governments and NGOs to do away with "unnecessary" plastics and innovate so that other plastics will be reused, recycled or composted; and kept out of natural systems.

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Laying Down Our Markers

Elemental Excelerator

We invest in companies that steward this resource by economically conserving, producing, recycling, and/or treating water. On some of the beaches in Hawaii’s Big Island, as much as 15% of the “sand” is actually grains of microplastic. California’s recycling rate is down from a high of 50% in 2014 to 44% in 2016. What is your North Star? At Elemental Excelerator, we are working to create a world where the environment and communities thrive together.

Plastic-free parenting: Pura co-founder Guy Fennell on launching a sustainable baby care brand in lockdown

Business Green

Guy Fennell, cofounder of environmentally friendly baby wipe company Pura, talks to BusinessGreen about his plans to disrupt the wasteful baby care industry with kerbside nappy recycling and plastic-free baby wipes.

Golden State bans hotel mini-toiletries in effort to minimize waste

AGreenLiving

Related: One plastic teabag can release billions of microplastics into your cup As a replacement, hotels can offer bulk products, such as wall-mounted public dispensers. Meanwhile, Hilton and Wyndham Hotel Group have opted to sanitize and repackage leftover soap for a second life with Clean the World Foundation ’s recycling initiative. To reduce the impact of plastic waste pollution, California banned hotel and lodging use and distribution of travel-size plastic toiletries.

Fifty Shades of Greta

Green Market Oracle

Through his passion for the outdoors, he witnessed the effects of microplastic pollution on the environment. When Fionn was in high school, he invented a new method of extracting microplastics from the water using his own version of ferrofluid, a liquid developed by NASA. Fionn introduced the concept at the 2019 Google Science Fair, where he won the competition for his methodology to remove microplastics from water.