The Ocean Cleanup project has announced it will be able to begin extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Path in 2018 following a design breakthrough.
Speaking at a specially-convened event in Utrecht yesterday (11 May), Boyan Slat, founder of the Dutch foundation tackling marine plastics pollution, outlined how new developments in the project’s system will allow the cleanup of half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just five years.
With at least 150 million tonnes of the plastic already polluting our seas, it’s clear something must be done. They may only be a drop in the ocean, but here are some companies creating products from ocean waste.
REnescience Northwich, a facility using innovative enzyme technology to separate household waste from recyclable materials and generate energy at the same time, will open next year, Danish firm DONG Energy has announced.
The UK and Colombian governments have signed an agreement for a new £20-million joint-funded bioeconomy research programme to aid post-conflict developmental efforts in some of the worst affected regions in Colombia.
A ‘world-first’ industrial-scale facility to create a chemical intermediate for plastic production from renewable sources has opened, as CEP Rapporteur Simone Bonafe calls for the mainstreaming of the circular economy approach.
Using hydrogen as fuel could, in theory, shrink transport emissions to nearly zero. It might sound too good to be true, but strides are already being made to bring it to the world of waste and recycling.
Research into converting waste potatoes into gels that could be used in pharmaceutical, beauty and home products is seeking to turn the millions of tonnes of vegetables thrown away each year into a manufacturing resource.
When grown, fish that were exposed to microplastics as larvae prefer to eat plastic rather than their natural prey and are less responsive to predator cues, threatening the sustainability of entire species, according to new research.