34,000 km of plastic roads of plastic in India

34,000 km of plastic roads of plastic in India

Fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are taking on the battle to cut the level of plastic waste in the oceans.

Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads. Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it can maim and kill fish, birds and other marine wildlife. But since last year, fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are taking on the battle to cut the level of plastic waste in the oceans.

Last summer Kerala’s fisheries minister J. Mercykutty Amma started a scheme to clean up the oceans. Under her direction, the state government launched a campaign called Suchitwa Sagaram, or Clean Sea, which trains fishermen to collect the plastic and bring it back to shore. In Suchitwa Sagaram’s first 10 months, fisherman have removed 25 tonnes of plastic from the Arabian Sean, including 10 tonnes of plastic bags and bottles, according to a UN report on the scheme. Read More

Bin2Barrel recycles plastics into fuel for the shipping industry

Bin2Barrel

The diesel fuel will be sold to the shipping industry.
Photo Marc Ruyg

In the port of Amsterdam, Bin2Barrel has started the construction of the factory, which can save 57,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. The factory will be capable of recycling non-recyclable plastic streams into fuel.

The Dutch company Bin2Barrel, focuses on the development of ‘Plastic to Fuel’ projects. By producing sustainable fuel from the plastic, non-recyclable plastics still get a useful application. Read More

This water bottle starts to dispose as soon as you finish drinking

water bottle made of algae

This water bottle starts to dispose as soon as you finish drinking

This water bottle is made of Algae Jelly which is shaped into a bottle-shaped mould. It needs liquid to hold its shape and disposes as soon as you finish drinking.

You can even eat it. Isn’t this great? Read More

CleanSeas already signed by 40+ countries

cleanseas - ban the plastic in the oceans

Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.

Today New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic. Minister Sage signed a pledge showing New Zealand’s commitment to the global CleanSeas campaign at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. More than 40 other countries have already signed up.

“Turtles and other wildlife are being killed by litter in our oceans. Also the issue of microplastic in our oceans and its effect on the food chain is a concern for all species and is a potential risk to human health. New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop this from happening,” Ms Sage said.

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Plastic Oceans Increasingly Risk of Diseases

Plastic Oceans Increasingly Risk of Diseases

Village in Myanmar, Dr Kathryn Berry

New research shows that the increasing plastic waste in Oceans is a real threat for the health of the animals and plants like corals.

The risk of infection and disease outbreaks by as much 89 percent.

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Kenya: Plastic Trash Used In Construction Materials

Kenya

Gilbert Ngonyo segregates plastic waste collected by the community that he will sell to Regeneration

Kenya is the home to fair numbers of sea turtles which are threatened by the tons of plastic trash and debris which washes into the sea.

But not if Sam Ngumba Ngaruiya succeeds.

Samuel quickly recognized the overwhelming litter problem in Kenya. Everywhere you look in areas where people live, there is rubbish by the sides of the street, around people’s homes, in school playgrounds, in bushes and trees, in rivers, in the sea and on the beaches.

He and his people gather up and recycle the ubiquitous plastic pollution into construction materials.

“Basically we are substituting plastic for cement,” explained Ngaruiya in an interview with Reuters. The US-trained engineer went on to explain that when the melted plastic cools, it absorbs and “squeezes” the sand, creating a compact and rather strong building material.

The idea is simple: pay locals to gather up plastic debris and pollution, and then repurpose it into useful construction materials (fence poles, roof tiles, road signs, flooring, containers, etc.).

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Stats you need to know about Plastic Pollution

Stats you need to know about Plastic Pollution

Plastic waste washed up on Caribbean island of Aruba after hurricane Matthew

These are the stats you need to know about the single use of plastic bottle and packaging. 

A recent report produced by Project MainStream, an initiative that brings together the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and McKinsey & Company Research, is called:

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking of Future of Plastics.”

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Ocean Cleanup presents Floating Screens

Ocean Cleanup presents Floating Screens

According to Boyan Slat, the increased efficiency of the system, allows for the cleanup of half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years.

Dutch foundation The Ocean Cleanup announced it will start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with a new concept: Floating Screens. The new developed technology is based on floating ‘anchors’, instead of the initially planned fixed anchors.

Series of floating anchors (two black structures) are to keep the screen in place.

The cleanup system is already tested. Read More

Coastal cleanup worldwide success

Coastal cleanup worldwide success

Hundreds of volenteers are cleaning the Foss coast Rye, Massachusetts

Coastal Cleanup 2017

Last coastal cleanup on September 16 was an amazing success.

This 32nd annual international action looks back on more than 6,000 events in 100 countries around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of people joined to clean the coastal area. Read More

Expedition The Channel 2017

Expedition The Channel 2017

Price: 1950 euro all-in, excluding soft drinks and alcohol, of which 200 euro is put in the participants fund.

Expedition The Channel 2017. Last year, organisation ‘By the Ocean We Unite’, sailed with a group to the North Pole.

This year, the North Sea will be inspected. The goal: Show the plastic pollution in the ocean.
You can still join! Click here

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SpaceSweepers wants to clear the galaxy

SpaceSweepers wants to clear the galaxySpaceSweepers wants to clear the galaxy with a glue squirting space garbage truck. You will find this start up in Tokyo. Their mission is to remove galaxy’s debris

Tokyo is home of SpaceSweepers, a company that specializes in cleaning up space debris. Founder Nobu Okada thinks he can fix the debris problem quickly. Read More

Rotterdam catches floating plastics

Rotterdam catches floating plastics

Based on what is found on the banks, we expect to collect 10 to 20 tons of plastic per year. It will be roughly a quarter of the plastic that flows through the River Maas.

Rotterdam catches – a part of – the floating plastics and other debris.

Plastics in the oceans have to be reduced.

It’s the mission of the Dutch student Boyan Slat and now extended by the city of Rotterdam. Read More

Pacific Plastic Soup worser than we thought

Pacific Plastic Soup worser than we thought

An aerial survey, a C130 Hercules aircraft was fitted with state-of-art sensors from Teledyne Optech, whose Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) can detect objects at oceanic depths of tens of meters

The Pacific Garbage Patch survey concluded: ‘It’s Worse Than We Thought’.

Boyan Slat, the 22-year-old Dutch inventor and CEO behind The Ocean Cleanup, announced today preliminary results of the organization’s latest major research mission, the Aerial Expedition, the first-ever aerial survey of an ocean garbage patch, also called ‘the plastic soup‘. Read More

WaterWheel cleans the harbor

Baltimore WaterWheel cleans the harbor

This solar powered WaterWheel removes tons of plastic bottles, cups and cigarette butts from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

This beautiful WaterWheel cleans the harbor of Baltimore.

The harbor was polluted with toxines and tonnes of waste like plastics. 

But that will change. By 2020, the water will be clean, fresh and healthy. Read More

Test Prototype Ocean CleanUp

Test Prototype Ocean CleanUp

During his diving holliday in Greece, he found more plastic bags than fish. Now he is 21 and CEO of a high-profile company whose mission is to clean up the incredible amount of plastic floating around in the oceans.

This Prototype developed to CleanUp the Oceans, can be a real game changer.

Since today, the first prototype of the ocean cleanup installation is ready to test.

It’s an invention of Boyan Slat, with which he wants to clean up the plastic debris in the oceans.

Instead of an installation of one hundred kilometers in length, this scale model is a one hundred meters long prototype which is posted for the Dutch coast in the North Sea. Read More

Sailtrip to Norway

Norway climate neutral 2030

Sail along from Rotterdam to Bergen Norway and learn all about the plastic soup

Would you like a sailtrip to the pole region and find out all about cleaning up the plastic soup in the oceans?

Ocean We Unite presents an expedition to sail up to Norway. From August 22 till September 4, 2016.

From the website:

(…) Are you ready for the expedition of the year?! Are you interested in sailing and looking for new adventures? If so, then hop on on sailing vessel the Fantastiko and sail along with By The Ocean We Unite’s first expedition “Up to Norway’’. (…)

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Let’s clean up the Oceans with this SeaBin

SeaBin

The rubbish bin, designed to float in marinas, inland waterways, residential lakes and harbors, catches floating debris and liquids by sucking water from the surface and letting if flow out through the bottom of the structure, trapping waste in a catch bag.

Do you love your boat? And do you want to clean up the water in the harbor? This is what we have for you. This genius bucket can suck garbage right out of the ocean.

It’s called the SeaBin and it works just like a fish tank filter. Let’s get rid of the plastic soup. Read More