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Indonesia Talks Big About Curbing Ocean Plastics, But Acts Small

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 14, 2018 10:40:00 AM

A report suggesting that the Indonesian government is taking ocean plastic pollution seriously is welcome news, but policies so far are too little too late.

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Eat Fish? Eat Plastic!

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 17, 2018 9:59:00 AM

Plastic in the water, plastic in the air - now it is even in our fish. This is a problem - particularly with shellfish.

As reported by Susan Smillie of The Guardian:

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Topics: Ocean, microplastics, ocean plastics, plastics

Supermarkets Being Urged To Reduce Plastic Waste

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 12, 2018 6:30:00 AM

The modern supermarket uses plastic in every aisle - even the produce section. Perhaps it is time for that to stop.

As reported by Sarah Knapton for The Telegraph:

Supermarkets are being urged to create a plastic-free aisle in every store to prevent tons of waste packaging ending up in the world’s oceans. Around 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year, yet just 12 per cent is recyclable, and much of it is washed into the seas where it is toxic to wildlife. Environmental activist organisation A Plastic Planet will lobby Britain’s major supermarkets in the coming weeks to urge them to offer food packaged only in biodegradable materials.

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Topics: plastic-bag ban, plastics

Humanscale is a Founding Company of Next Wave Initiative to Keep Plastic Out of Ocean

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 15, 2018 4:49:22 PM

Consortium on a Mission to Repurpose Ocean-Bound Plastics

Humanscale, a pioneer of ergonomic solutions for the office, is actively working to achieve a net positive impact on the environment. Its latest initiative focuses on reducing ocean plastic pollution. A charter member of the Next Wave Initiative, started by Dell and led by Adrian Grenier’s Lonely Whale, Humanscale is working with like-minded businesses and organizations to convert plastic ocean waste for product development and manufacturing.

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Seafood Companies Unite to Tackle Plastic Pollution in Seawater

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 19, 2017 9:19:38 AM

A new effort by nine of the world's biggest seafood providers may finally begin to make a dent in the runaway problem of ocean plastics.As reported by Anya Khalamayzer at Greenbiz.com:

"With the world’s land-walking population projected to climb to 9 billion people by mid-century, the oceans and their bounty of fish are on the hook for supporting growing global appetites.

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Topics: ocean plastics

New Mobile Reactor Converts Sea Plastics Into Diesel Fuel

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 11, 2017 1:50:00 PM

The reactor can convert between 100 and 10,000 pound of plastic daily — generating 10 to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

As Reported by Seeker:

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Topics: ocean plastics

Report: More Microplastic Particles in Oceans than Stars in Our Galaxy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 27, 2017 1:03:19 PM

If 51 trillion particles sounds like an astronomical level of pollution, you can see why the Alberton Record penned this latest report:The United Nations (UN) recently declared war on ocean plastic.

"UN Environment launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter – microbeads in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic – by the year 2022.

Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the Clean Seas campaign is:

  • Urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies;
  • targeting industry to minimise plastic packaging and to redesign products;
  • and calling on consumers to change their throwaway habiMost of the litter in the sea is plastic.
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Counting the Cost of Ocean’s $24 Trillion Blue Economy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 26, 2017 3:11:17 PM

It's unfortunate, but it looks like we need economists to weigh in on the ocean's value to convince people to stop destroying it.

from today's FinancialTribune.com:

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Report: In North America, Laundering Synthetic Clothes and Driving Contribute More than Plastic Bags to Ocean Pollution

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 26, 2017 9:01:01 AM

Report notes that microparticles shed by clothing and wear and tear from auto tires create millions of tons of invisible, dangerous pollutants that end up in oceans. Here's how to take action.

Here's the key conclusion of the report:

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Topics: ocean plastics

Australian Company Turns Aquaculture Plastics Into Building Materials

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 26, 2017 7:44:33 AM

Although they're not recycling "wild" ocean plastics, the process and the products offer tantalizing prospects for entrepeneurial companies looking to create composite building products.

As reported by  Laurissa Smith,ABC Rural
 
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Topics: ocean plastics

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