Tag: Plastic Planet

The Ocean Cleanup Foundation
Plastic Planet

Getting Rid of Plastic in the Oceans

The level of plastic in the oceans lately became an urgent topic. Getting rid of it is the aim of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a dutch company founded by 21-year-old inventor Boyan Slat four years ago, when he was 17. He created a prototype of an advanced clean-up system which will be installed in the North Sea approximately 12 nautical miles off the Dutch coast, where it will remain for a full year for a performance tests. This prototype is the first ocean cleanup system even tested at sea.

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Vacation in the Era of Sea Pollution
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Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Have you ever been to the beach and been attacked by a seagull for a potato chip? These birds choose this food over their natural selection because people-food is in more abundance and relatively easy to get. Think about it. Seagulls and other shore animals can rely (not that they should) with a steady supply of food from June – August. And every year we flock to beaches in ever-growing numbers. To meet the demands of so many consumers, towns have developed their fragile coastal and marine ecosystems into housing and recreational facilities.

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Plastic ocean
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Getting Wasted on Plastics

Life in plastic, it’s fantastic. The iconic words of Aqua’s 1997 smash hit Barbie Girl. But we are rapidly coming to terms with just how fantastic plastic really is. Plastic is an incredibly versatile material. Forms of plastic occur naturally such as rubber, chewing gum and shellac, but in 1907 humans synthetically produced plastic and have never stopped manufacturing and consuming it. For good or bad, we now live on a Plastic Planet.

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Plastic Bottle Village
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A Village Made of Plastic

Probably the house in which you live was built using some kind of plastic. In fact, plastic of all types is all around us, from our computers to our water bottles. It’s one of the most flexible materials known to man. But, as you probably know, the amount of plastic waste humans produce is immense, and most of it ends up polluting the environment and endangering wildlife. Yet in this case, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.

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surfers against sewage plastic sea
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The Danger of a Plastic Sea

Surfers Against Sewage is a charitable organization created with the aim of protecting “the oceans, waves and British beaches”. Their environmentalist battle to bring to the public attention the pollution of our seas and the exploitation of the coast has resulted, over the years, in some effective and sometimes very explicit awareness campaigns. In their provocative last images the target is plastic.

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Japanese researchers discovered bacteria which eats plastic
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Plastic-Eating Bacteria Are Coming

Bacteria are everywhere. Therefore, it’s a safe assumption that they should also be present in plastic recycle factories. With this line of reasoning Japanese researchers took 250 soil samples in the piles of waste and the wastewater of a recycle factory in the Japanese city Sakai. There they hoped to find a microbe, which, after years of inhabiting the plastic pool, had naturally evolved the ability to digest plastic (polyethylene terephthalate, or PET to be exact).

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new food film extend shelflife
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A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

Storing leftover food with plastic wrap is a fair way of keeping your food fresh for a longer time. However, this material is quite limited because what it does is just sealing everything off from oxygen. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have successfully developed a natural chitosan-based and  environmentally-friendly film with grapefruit seed extract able to improve food safety, conservation and quality.

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age of plastic sea anthropocene
Plastic Planet

Welcome to the Age of Plastic

According to a new study, humankind is now entering the “Age of Plastic”. The research investigates the evidence that we are living in the Anthropocene, a time in which humanity is the main geological force. Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, explained: “Plastics were more or less unknown to our grandparents, when they were children. But now, they are indispensible to our lives”.

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