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Vancouver’s Clean Up the Oceans Concert.

APRIL 26, 2016
Originally Published on METRO LIVING ZINE

The 2016 concert features solar energy, local talent, international speakers, global food, science activities, interactive art and technology displays, kids’ corner, morning yoga and Zumba, free-secure bicycle parking and beer garden. We are pleased to collaborate with many community partners such as Science World, the Vancouver Aquarium, CPAWS, the GreenSeeds Music Society, and many more entertainers, educators, and service providers to host an outstanding event for Vancouver.

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Vancouver’s second annual Clean Up the Oceans Concert spotlights solutions to micro plastic pollution

MARCH 12, 2016
Originally Published on SUSTAINABILITY TELEVISION

Upcycle the Gyres Society to host its second annual fundraising event in Xwáýxway Stanley Park.

North Vancouver based not-for-profit Upcycle the Gyres Society (UpGyres) is hosting the second annual Clean Up the Oceans Concert June 25. The 2016 concert will take place at the South West Rugby Practice Field from noon to 8 p.m.

One of the society’s goals is not only to prevent plastic from polluting the oceans but also to bring in solutions for transforming discarded plastics into resources and revenue streams. We are working to incorporate this recovered micro plastic resource back into the value chain of textiles and construction materials.

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Canadian public urged to support ban on microbeads, the tiny plastic pollutant piling up in the ocean

FEBRUARY 16, 2016 By LARISSA CAHUTE, THE PROVINCE
Originally Published on The Province

Vancouver environmental activists are calling on the public to speak out as the federal government draws up new regulations to ban microbeads, the tiny plastic pollutant piling up in the ocean and being ingested by marine wildlife.

According to José Luis Gutiérrez-García with Vancouver’s Upcycle the Gyres Society, which launched the Beat the Microbead” campaign in 2013, “no coastal community or company can guarantee that the seafood available in the Vancouver, or B.C. market is free of (microbeads).

“Stopping (and cleaning up) plastic pollution from reaching waterways … is very important for Vancouver, B.C., Canada and the world’s health and economies,” he said.

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Vancouver’s Clean Up the Oceans Concert supports ban on plastic microbeads

July 2, 2015 By Stephen Hui
Originally Published on The Georgia Straight

Concert attendees will be asked to sign a petition demanding that the Canadian government prohibit the use of microbeads—which are neither biodegradable nor captured by sewage-treatment plants—in consumer products. In March, the House of Commons passed NDP MP Megan Leslie’s motion calling for microbeads to be declared a toxic substance.

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The need to regulate microbeads

March 27, 2015 By Mark Sabourin
Originally Published on EcoLog

According to Darren Praznik, president and CEO of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, for more than a year the CCTFA has been quietly lobbying and educating federal government officials on the risks of microbeads, how industry is dealing with the issue on its own, and on the need for a national regulation to level the playing field. José Luis Gutiérrez-García, co-founder and project director of UpGyres, a Vancouver-based organization that is part of a global movement to ban microbeads from consumer products wants industry to move more quickly. Rather than call for federal legislation, he says the big players in the industry should be pressuring the smaller players to follow their lead. “We want provinces to take direct responsibility – each and every one. We can’t wait any longer.”

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Recycled Plastic Clothing: Solution or Threat?

December 15, 2014 By Elizabeth Claire Alberts
Originally Published on Earth Island Journal

Research shows that synthetic clothing sheds plastic microfibers which end up back in oceans.

UpGyres is working to develop a lint filter for washing machines fine enough to catch synthetic microfibers. UpGyres is also exploring ways to upcycle synthetic lint into useful products, textiles and accessories.

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Saving the Oceans by Mining for Oil – From the Plastics!

September 27, 2013 By Kelsey May Photos by Ann Slothower
Originally Published on Ethical Markets

On September 24, 2013, at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. in Vancouver, the Upcycle the Gyres Society hosted the first public demonstration of its goal: convert land and ocean plastic waste into profit. In four hours, the Blest Be-h machine, invented by Akinori Ito and purchased by Rocky Mountain’s owners, Dominic and Suzanne Fielden, converted one kilogram of the restaurant’s plastic waste into one liter of crude oil; which will be refined into kerosene, diesel, or gasoline.  The Be-h can convert plastics 2, 4, 5, and 6 into crude oil that is 98% sulfur-free, meaning it has up to 50% less CO2 emissions than standard fossil fuel.

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The Canadian Plastics Industry Association Sponsors UpGyres and PlasticShore Marine Litter Reduction Projects

Originally Published on REUTERS 

TORONTO, CANADA, Aug. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) is pleased to announce the sponsorship of two more projects dedicated to the reduction of marine litter in Canada. The first is British Columbia based Upcycle the Gyres Society (UpGyres) towards their “proof of concept” pilot project: Plastic comes out of the ocean – Plastic goes into a machine – Plastic turns into clean fuel.

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Project 8

April 9, 2013 by Blogger Melanie Brown

“The folks at Upcycle the Gyres Society don’t just want to clean up the gyres (they do). They don’t just want to get people to recycle more (they do). They don’t just want to save wildlife (they do). But with all, they want to show that cleaning up the gyres, recycling (upcycling) the materials there, and saving wildlife can all be done profitably. That, along with all the garbage, there’s gold in the gyres, and they want to show the world how it can be done”.

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Enterprising Companies Making a Resource of Marine Plastic

April 2, 2013 by Allison Floyd
Originally Published on Sustainable Brands

“Incorporating post-consumer materials into products has become common practice for numerous brands. But a growing number of companies and NGOs are going a step further, looking to upcycle harmful plastic debris from the ocean, even if it means creating a supply chain and tapping new technology.”

“Meanwhile, Upcycle the Gyres Society (UGS), an NGO with directors from Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa, hopes to prove the profitability of converting marine plastic into fuel such as ENVIROLENE, a higher mixed-alcohol fuel, as well as textiles, 3D printer stock and other valuable resources.”

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Upcycling the Plastic Gyres to create fuel

May 23, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Originally Published on Envirothink

The Upcycle the Gyres Society wants to collect and convert ocean plastic into usable fuel.

Over the past three years, I’ve written about the plastic debris or plastic gyres, in our world’s oceans.   The latest news is that the gyres are growing larger, making the need to find solutions to clean them up even more critical. The Upcycle the Gyres Society is a new, not-for-profit that plans to upcycle floating ocean plastic debris into diesel, gasoline, and kerosene. The possibility that this venture presents is exciting. The plastic is there, albeit in zillions of fragments throughout our oceans, so there is accessibility. The technology of converting plastic into fuel is proven. Offshore production, storage, and offloading technology is there. And green ships that are powered by the sun, wind, and wave propulsion already exist, which would make this kind of venture economically feasible. Also on the plus side, converting plastic into fuel creates a carbon capture from the recovery operation which leaves the water right where it is – no water demand.

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