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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

New Dell Program Converts Ocean Plastics Into Product Packaging

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 26, 2017 7:35:01 AM

Dell has often led the tech industry on environmental initiatives. This one, although still small, marks an important first step in addressing ocean plastic pollution.

Here's the company press release:

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Topics: green packaging, ocean plastics

Attention Plastic-Eating Bacteria, We Need You Now More Than Ever

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 26, 2017 7:21:21 AM

The heartbreaking sight of birds and fish bellies full of plastic bottle caps offers scientists a clear goal: a non-toxic plastic destroying bacteria, but we haven't heard much "new" about this topic since this story, a year ago. Please email me if you have other information--Editor

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Topics: ocean plastics

The Tide Turns Against Ocean Plastics

Posted by Shareamerica.gov

Feb 26, 2017 7:05:31 AM

As plastic clogs our seaways, poisoning fish, birds and people, at long last the world is beginning to wake up, and take action.

Doug Woodring has thrived in and on the water. In college, he was on the swim team, and he later took up ocean swimming and outrigger paddling.

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