Plastic waste is flowing into the oceans at a rate of a dump truck load every minute. What if that waste isn’t inevitable? Matt Kopac, sustainable business and innovation manager at Burt’s Bees, argues for a fundamentally different approach to sustainability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened a crisis already facing our oceans. Thirty percent more waste is finding its way into the world’s oceans and that now includes face masks and latex gloves. The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an estimated global use of 129 billion faces masks and 65 billion gloves every month. Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the impact the pandemic has had on our waste streams are SoulBuffalo Founder and Partner Dave Ford; and Rumpke Waste & Recycling Director of Corporate Communications Amanda Pratt.
New research, published Friday in Science Advances, reexamines the U.S.’s role as a plastic consumer and concludes that the country has much more work to do at home to manage its waste.
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.
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.
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.
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’s new Pavilion lineup features the company’s first consumer notebooks using post-consumer-recycled and ocean-bound plastics.