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"MADRID - A project which sees yarn being spun from polymers derived from plastic bottles which have been collected from the sea alongside the catch of hundreds of Spanish fishing boats is now being extended to Thailand. The Up-cycling the Oceans initiative of Madrid-based Ecoalf sees Spanish fishing boats in the Mediterranean collecting deep sea plastic waste alongside their daily catch to ultimately produce apparel."
"In anticipation of the release of the Commission’s Plastic Strategy, IEEP has produced a briefing on Plastics, Marine Litter and the Circular Economy. It offers insight on solutions to marine plastics, including a road map with policy recommendations and actions for stakeholders at different governance levels. The briefing aims to promote strong EU policy making and place marine litter high on the circular economy agenda. In addition, IEEP has produced three product fiches, providing easily communicable tools on particularly problematic plastic products relevant to industry, consumers and policy discussions:
"Microplastics in Aquatic Environments and Their Toxicological Implications for Fish | InTechOpen, Published on: 2016-10-26. Authors: Cristóbal Espinosa, M. Ángeles Esteban and Alberto Cuesta Abstract: The intensive use of plastics and derivatives during the last century has increased the contamination of animal habitats. The breakdown of these primary plastics in the environment results in microplastics (MP), small fragments of plastic typically <1–5 mm in size. Apart from the potential negative effects of the MPs per se, it is generally assumed that microplastics may increase the exposure of marine aquatic organisms to chemicals associated with the plastics. In addition, to enhance the performance of plastics, additives are added during manufacture. Furthermore, they are active in absorbing other contaminants and be used as vectors of highly and well‐documented persistent contaminants. Finally, these small MPs are easily ingested by animals and affect their physiology and behaviour. Thus, aquatic living organisms are continuously exposed to these MPs, and associated contaminants, and could suffer from its contamination but also introduce them into the food chain"
"Dr Cornelius Detloff, head of marine protection at the German non-governmental organisation Naturschuzbund Deutschland (NABU), told manufacturers they had to “stop the exponential growth of plastics” and seek alternative materials."
"EU Ministers highlighted the need to mainstream biodiversity and water policies into relevant sectoral policies, such as agriculture, fisheries or energy, and voiced their support for ongoing efforts to combat marine litter and micro-plastics.
The importance of Nature-based Solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation – a core component of IUCN’s work was also brought to the forefront."
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