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Plastic and the oceans

Posted on April 07 2018

 

Oh, Mr Attenborough, is there anything you can’t do.

It’d be facetious to place credit entirely at the feet of just one TV presenter, but plastic run off in the ocean has finally been recognised as a critical issue. After the hard work of dozens of organisations and thousands of individuals, the destruction wrought upon this most profound frontier is receiving global attention.

So, let’s build upon this momentum and remind ourselves of exactly what we can do. Methods for the removal of ocean plastic are few and far between. Physical removal of large pieces isn’t as simple as it sounds, the problem compounded by the scale and heterogeneity of the waste. Chemical removal can bring its own unknown repercussions, despite some hopeful news nestle within the biochemistry of some bacteria. Even the news that some Krill are able to physically break down the larger pieces of plastic to potentially relatively harmless sub-micron-plastics merely delays or, more concerningly, conceals the problem.

It’s likely the future of ocean-cleanup is going to be a long and arduous one, requiring a varied arsenal of tools to become impactful. This is why it’s even more important that we stem the flow of plastic (and other wastes) into the ocean. Organic cotton is a brilliant start to fighting back against the plastic run off from the scourge of fast moving consumer goods and their, “buy once, wash once, buy again” policy.

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