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Photocredit: Living Oceans Society

Thank you to David and Mrs. Lowe’s 6th grade Science Class outside of Denver, CO. who sent us the following link

Clean Our Oceans: The Impact of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The kids in Mrs. Lowe’s middle middle school science class are working on projects that revolve around pollution and environmental conservation. They each picked a topic and are doing a research paper on how their chosen issue is affecting our world. David, is researching resources for his project, which is about Ocean pollution, and he found this article on The Great Pacific Garbage patch, and what a destructive impact it is having on marine life.

It is interesting to note that the link is posted on a Carpet Cleaning business; the cleaning industry uses harsh chemicals and is a large contributor of microfiber pollution into waterways.

Cigarette Smoking’s impact extends beyond the human condition, reaching the waters of our planet

In a study performed by Elli Slaughter of San Diego State University, a single cigarette butt that had traces of tobacco was introduced to a liter of water. This resulted in high toxicity levels, and the death of 50% of the fish in the water. This is the result of one little cigarette butt.

There are other items in relation to smoking that contribute to water pollution and wildlife death. They include cigarette lighters, cigar tips, and tobacco packages.

The Quit Smoking Community raises awareness of the consequences of smoking and helps communities become smoke-free.

The Cora Ball; human scale, consumer based solution to help solve the problem of microfiber pollution from laundry effluent

The First Microfiber Catching Ball.

newtecpoly unlocking plastic resources

A major hurdle in recycling plastics is that some plastic types simply can’t be recycled due to technical and economic limitations. Other plastic types must be of a single type, available only after sorting, or require extensive cleaning before recycling. Using PolyWaste technology, even the lowest of grade or highly contaminated waste plastic can be blended to make a viable substrate for moulding into products of value.

SAY GOODBYE TO PLASTICS

Say Goodbye to plastic wrap, zip-lock bags, sandwich bags & tupperware .   Preserve your food and protect your family – naturally – with these reusable beeswax food wraps.

  1.  Non-toxic | Plastic Free
  2.  Sustainable | Reusable
  3.  Biodegradable | Compostable

TekPak Solutions

Omnidegradable® coffee bags, kraft bags and stand up pouches (custom printed or stock bags) that are:

  1. Functional: Perform as well as regular plastic (learn more here).
  2. Affordable: Cost almost the same as regular packaging.
  3. Recyclable: Are as recyclable as regular plastic.
  4. Biodegradable: Safely decompose anywhere microbes are present – including landfills, Oceans and wilderness settings – without requiring sunlight, heat or oxygen to decompose.

Plastic Oceans Foundation

The Ocean is Choking on our Plastic Waste. Plastic Oceans Foundation is developing a portfolio of film and media, exhibitions, performances, and experiences to raise awareness, educate, and engage audiences across the globe on issues stemming from marine plastic. Plastic Oceans Foundation emphasizes the interaction between humans and the ocean.

One Green Planet. Stunning Graphics Show How Plastics Harm Marine Animals.

Cosmetic Brands that are 100% free of microplastics

ReuseThisBag – Plastic Shopping Bags & Environmental Impact

BIG thank you to Megan Owens for sharing this resource with all of us.

Our Oceans Challenge

Heerema Marine Contractors, ECN, TNO and Sproutside believe that by challenging, daring and working together we can create impact and transform marine plastic pollution into a business opportunity.

Let’s Do It! movement and World Cleanup

World Cleanup: Let’s clean the world together!

Meet one of the fastest-expanding civic movements in history – Let’s Do It! The movement was born in 2008 in a little country of Northern Europe – Estonia. 50,000 people came together to get rid of 10,000 tons of illegal garbage from roadsides, forests and towns, cleaning the entire country in just 5 hours.

Impact of Marine Debris

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S.A

Updated Debris FAQs

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S.A

From Trash to Amazing Products

ECOALF wants to share with you its passion for beautiful, useful products that clean up the planet. Tras(h)umanity is an awareness of trash. We create objects that make your life more enjoyable without damaging our relationship with nature. And we do it by erasing part of the ecological footprint that is fouling the world.

High Performance Transportation Fuels

Higher Mixed Alcohol Fuel. Bioroot Energy converts society’s solid, liquid and gaseous carbon wastes into the world’s cleanest, strongest and most profitably produced alcohol fuel.

 

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