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These European countries produce the most plastic waste per person

David Attenborough’s BBC documentary series Blue Planet II caught the attention of viewers around the world last year with its shocking insight into how plastic waste is harming fish, marine animals and birds. According to a study published last year in the Science Advances journal, we have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic in the past six decades,…
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Amount and distribution of benthic marine litter along Sardinian fishing grounds (CW Mediterranean Sea)

Researchers from the Università di Cagliari have studied the status of marine litter abundance along fishing grounds surrounding the island of Sardinia (CW Mediterranean Sea; FAO Geographical Sub-Area 11) through three years of trawl surveys.  A total of 302 hauls, covering a total of 18.4 km2 of trawled surface were carried out in the framework of the MEDITS campaign, at…
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One year after the launch of CleanSeas, the tide is turning

Do you feel uneasy when you buy a coffee in a takeaway plastic cup? Perhaps you feel awkward buying that bottle of water? We hope so, because raising awareness of what plastic waste is doing to our oceans, our wildlife and ourselves is what UN Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign has been all about since its launch…
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This plastic-free water bottle dissolves into nothing in less than 3 weeks

James Longcroft, a Scottish inventor, has created a disposable water bottle that disintegrates into nothing in salt water in just three weeks. Essentially a paper bottle with a biodegradable, waterproof liner, it is being considered a major breakthrough in combating the trash problem that is plaguing our oceans. With trash-islands the size of Texas being discovered and monitored in the…
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The Ocean Cleanup system

The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing the first feasible method to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean. A significant percentage of this plastic drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once trapped in a gyre, the plastic will break…
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Americas World’s first ocean plastic-cleaning machine set to tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Scientists are preparing to launch the world’s first machine to clean up the planet’s largest mass of ocean plastic. The system, originally dreamed up by a teenager, will be shipped out this summer to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California, and which contains an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. It will be the…
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Cotton buds and plastic straws could be banned in England next year

Consultation to start later this year as Theresa May continues drive against single-use plastic waste Cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics could be banned from sale in England next year in the next phase of the campaign to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans. Theresa May hopes…
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II Concurso fotográfico RECICLANDO

La Federación Española de la Recuperación y el Reciclaje (FER) ha presentado en la mañana de hoy la segunda edición del concurso de fotografía “Reciclando”, con el que celebrará el Día Internacional del Reciclaje del próximo 17 de mayo. El certamen convocado por FER quiere dar visibilidad en esa fecha tan especial a los actores…
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An enzyme that digests plastic could boost recycling

(Image copyright: David Jones) Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment. The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a…
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Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Education Programme

Volvo Ocean Race is focusing on taking action to ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic pollution in the ocean, highlighted by the United Nations Clean Seas campaign. The Volvo Ocean Race supports this much-needed campaign and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water), through the…
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