Innovations to Beat Plastic Pollution

With many of us becoming aware of the detriment that plastics pose to the environment, as a result of recent research and  campaigns carried out for World Environment Day, there are some persons who are truly taking on an active role in finding a solution for single use plastics or plastics on a whole.

For instance, in one article “Boxed In” by Janice Kaspersen, the editor of Stormwater Magazine by Forester Media, she looks at boxed water sold in biodegradable containers.

Another recent article published on September 4th 2018, Janice Kaspersen, discusses how chemists at the University of Illinois, are trying to create plastics that break down in components that would not interfere with the environment under certain conditions such as heat and ultraviolet light.

Such  tests and innovations make me really hope that the scourge of plastics can be brought under control.

What do you guys think? Do you think that we will ever truly be able to “beat plastic pollution?

 

Beating Plastic Pollution in Latin America and the Caribbean

As someone who is aware of the havoc that plastics can pose for the environment and even as an employee in the water sector, I  must admit that I cringe when organizations claiming corporate responsibility to society do not try to limit the use of plastics within their operations.  I am sure, many of you may question whether they know that plastics harm the environment while travelling along waterways, endangering marine life, depositing microplastics, and even causing issues in wastewater treatment plants.

One such plastic culprit is the straw which we get attached to juice boxes for our kids, when we buy fast food and even when we visit local restaurants.

Yet, I was glad to see in a recent article from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), that there are countries who are willing to bring about the necessary change, even going so far to charge companies that go against the ban of plastic straws.

One can read more about this by following the link Latin America wakes up to the problem of plastic straws

 

 

The Ocean Cleanup Project

Remember last week when I shared an article by JoAnna Wendel about how pollution, especially plastic, was impacting one of the Pitcairn islands, namely Henderson Island. Thus, making many of us feel hopeless about the future of the environment and life itself. Well, it appears that some persons, namely Boyan Slat and The Ocean Cleanup team are not just waiting for people to stop polluting, but have actually developed a way to improve the quality of life and save the planet by allowing natural ocean currents, together with a clever device, to clean up plastics in the world’s oceans.

With cleanup trials expected to commence in 2018, it is estimated that half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be removed in five years time. Persons can read  up more on this innovation on the website The Ocean Cleanup.

 

Happy reading guys :).