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Photo credit: Living Oceans Society

Tap Water Vs. Bottled Water: Which is Best for You? (2018 Guide)

Read more in an infographic and article y Get Green Now that shows the negative impact of plastic bottles on the ocean environment, with statistics for 2018:


SLOACTIVE Sustainable, luxury oceanwear dedicated to cleaning up our oceans 

Read more in our plastic pollution guide here:


Every time you wash your hands you waste 300ml Water

 Earth Fokus flagship product QuaMist easily attaches to any tap and saves about 95% water without compromising your washing experience.


Marina Trash Skimmer designed to keep marinas clean 

They clean over 300 gallons or 1,000 litres of water a minute.


Say NO to plastic bottled water

Being aware of all the harm that plastic bottled water does to the environment, and that it doesn’t offer healthier or better tasting water than tap water, is it really worth buying?

We don’t think so…

1. A sleek, elegant water bottle designed to change the way you find, carry and drink water.

Closca Bottle + App

2. Self-filling water bottles harvest water from the air.



GLOBELET: The goal is clear, end single-use packaging and make everything reusable.

The concept has now taken off at festivals across Australasia making use of reusable cups, which the company creates from scratch and ensures are recycled.




The POP movement aims to empower youth to have an active participation in addressing issues of climate change faced by our planet. Moreover, the movement will connect global youth to Dr R. K. Pachauri, who brought the issue of climate change on the international agenda and leads the Nobel Peace Laureate Organization- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and targets to connect youth to each other to have ‘an action-oriented’ dialogue on how to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change.


Purge the plastic: How to free your kitchen of plastic

Plastic, of course, is an invention—and one that ended up changing the nature of our daily lives. Think about it: There’s so much in your world that’s made of or contains plastic—everything from furniture to fans, clocks to electronic devices. It’s inescapable.

But not everything about plastic is welcome. Plastic has several chemicals that leach out and may cause health damage such as reproductive issues and cancer. So reducing plastic in one’s daily life is an admirable goal. But how to start?

A kitchen is a good place: You can quickly make a dent on how much plastic you rely on simply by switching some tasks to non-plastic tools. Take chopping: Do it on a wooden cutting board instead of a plastic one. Or food storage: Taking your lunch to work or stashing food in the pantry can be done in containers that aren’t made of plastic.

Want more ideas? This graphic can help.


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 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 to 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 litre 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 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:

  • Functional: Perform as well as regular plastic (learn more here).
  • Affordable: Cost almost the same as regular packaging.
  • Recyclable: Are as recyclable as regular plastic.
  • 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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