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.
Six materials, including a bioplastic composite paper, a wetsuit made from natural rubber, and packaging made from up-cycled agricultural residuals have been announced as the finalists for Bio-Based Material of the Year 2017.
Following updated guidance suggesting black plastic be added to ‘not recycled’ lists, the BBC magazine programme has taken a look at the difficulty in sorting such plastic trays, as well as a potential solution.
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.