Podcast: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Led To More Ocean Plastic Pollution

The coronavirus has worsened the amount of plastic polluting the world’s oceans.

That’s according to Dave Ford, founder of the environmental literacy organization SoulBuffalo and the Ocean Plastics Leadership Network, a group that brings activists and the industry together to develop solutions to ocean plastic pollution.

Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration is Key to Solving Ocean Plastics Crisis

Up and down the plastics supply chain, stakeholders are joining together to address the ocean plastics pollution crisis. For environmental impact organization SoulBuffalo, collaboration involves immersive experiences that ignite new ideas.

Introducing OPLN’s Newest Member OceanCycle

OPLN’s newest Member, OceanCycle, celebrates their collaboration with Bunzl Distribution NA and eco-friendly shopping bag supplier Earthwise Bag Co by introducing a new reusable bag to be carried by Kroger.

Paint: The Big Source of Ocean Microplastics You Didn’t Know About

The volume of microplastics from paint on steel surfaces that enter the ocean every year could be as high as 1.5-2.25 million tonnes, equivalent to 150-225 billion empty plastic bottles. Putting these new figures in context, they account for a meaningful percentage of the 8 million tonnes of plastic that is estimated to end up in the oceans each year.

PepsiCo Partners with TerraCycle Foundation to Prevent Ocean Plastics in Thailand

With financial support from The PepsiCo Foundation, The TerraCycle Global Foundation is actively working in Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and has installed river plastic capture traps which are designed to increase the amount of debris and marine plastics that are collected from Thai waterways, thereby intercepting it before it reaches and pollutes the ocean.

HP Builds on Sustainability Commitment with First Consumer PCs Made with Ocean‐Bound Plastics

HP’s new Pavilion lineup features the company’s first consumer notebooks using post-consumer-recycled and ocean-bound plastics.

Predicted Growth in Plastic Waste Exceeds Efforts to Mitigate Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution inputs into rivers, lakes and the ocean could increase to as much as 53 million metric tons annually by 2030 even if current reduction commitments made by governments and the private sector are met, according to a new study published today by the international journal Science.

In Conversation: Finding Solutions to End Plastic Waste

How do we reduce substantial plastic leakage into the environment—one of the greatest challenges we face as a society? In Summer 2020, Meridian brought together Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute (an environmental NGO) and Stew Harris of the American Chemistry Council (a plastics industry trade organization) for a conversation on how to achieve this shared vision.

Trade Barriers are Slowing Plastic-Pollution Action. Here’s How to Fix This

Action on plastic pollution has been slowed considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic – but there’s a new emerging angle that could help rebuild momentum for the transition to a greener and more circular society. Governments at the World Trade Organization (WTO) are also showing increased interest in tackling plastics pollution.

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