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Plastic in the Oceans – Far Worse Than Imagined

Back in December of 2013, I wrote “The Plastisphere”, about the giant colonies of microbe-infested plastic remnants that have grown and continue to grown in the world’s oceans. This is a monumental problem as sea life and water fowl feed off of them, leading to their suffering and death, and spreading bacteria even to humans.

But now recent studies have determined new and additional crises in the growing contamination of the oceans by plastic.

Several studies recently conducted through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have investigated this ongoing process, including the latest one, “The New Plastics Economy – Rethinking the future of plastics”, a product of Project MainStream, conducted under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.* Their reports of these studies advocate for the New Plastics Economy initiative and the “circular” economy, making the re-use of plastics a singular priority. Their reports show that goods worth over $2.6 trillion annually are sent to the world’s landfills and incineration plants, including 32% of plastic packaging that escapes collection systems. And much of this eventually ends up in the world’s oceans. Continue reading

Article: The Plastisphere

For decades billions of people the world over have thought little of discarding used up plastic products, plastic containers, plastic packaging, and anything and everything made of plastic. They toss into rubbish containers cardboard and plastic packages that once contained everything from a new pair of scissors to a dozen batteries, they toss plastic trays that once contained a meal heated in a microwave, they toss a 99¢ pen now depleted of ink, and they toss bottles that once contained water, juice, or soda.

More than 90% of the people doing this never think about what will happen to that piece of plastic after the trash man picks it up and rushes next door for the next container of discards. Approximately 245 million tons of plastic is produced annually, Continue reading