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Study describes presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors

Study describes presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
A study led by researchers of the University of Barcelona quantifies the presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors from the Cantabrian Sea to the Black Sea. The study has analysed the amount of these colored fibers, which vary between three to eight millimeters but are extremely fine, less than a 0.1 mm diameter, and which come mainly from home and industrial washing machines. The results show the dominance of cellulosic fibers over synthetic polymers, and highlight that several oceanographic processes pile and transport microfibers to marine hollows.
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Scrap Tires as Construction Material

Scrap Tires as Construction Material | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Vehicle tires of course belong on the road, but for the last two decades, they have also increasingly found their way into the road.
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NeXus Portal Solutions's curator insight, January 13, 8:37 AM
I have had a recycled rubber purse, earrings, necklace AND years ago when I worked for Unilock in Canada, they were testing using recycled rubber pellets in their paving stones. Always love these news articles where people are actually making a difference effectively.
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UNEP in Europe - Online Newsletter

UNEP in Europe - Online Newsletter | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Solutions to marine litter have been discussed among more than 250 high-level representatives from NGOs, industry, politics and academia during a two-day conference in Brussels.   PolyTalk 2016 was held on 16-17 March and organised by PlasticsEurope - one of the leading European trade associations.   The event also explored some of the current innovations being developed to reduce litter.   Ulf Björnholm, Head of the UNEP Brussels Liaison Office to the EU, participated in one of the conference’s high-level panel debates addressing regional issues and solutions.   Mr Björnholm spoke about UNEP’s role and work in the field, inviting participants to join the Global Partnership on Marine Litter. Marine litter is a cross-border problem, he stressed. No country or region can address this by itself, therefore a global solution through partnerships is needed.   Other panel members included Mehmet Ceylan, the Turkish Deputy Minister of Environment and Urbanisation; Stefanie Werner, Scientific Officer at the German Federal Environment Agency; Andrew Morlet, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur foundation and Patrick Thomas, President of PlasticsEurope and CEO of high-tech polymer supplier Covestro.   The idea that marine litter was a global problem that required partnerships was shared by all panel members, with Mr Thomas stressing that the global challenge needs a global solution for example.   Besides global partnerships and regional cooperation being highlighted as essential dimensions of the solution, the panel also commented on the importance of the circular economy and the European Circular Economy Package. While addressing plastics in the oceans is crucial, working upstream to prevent waste and proper waste management are just as important, it was stressed.   Several panel members including Ms. Wennin furthermore pointed to the need for better regulatory frameworks and greater awareness raising. The plastics industry was a resource-inefficient one, she claimed, calling for greater efforts in addressing this challenge.   For more information please click here or write alexa.froger@unep.org
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Kids Can Save The Planet

Kids Can Save The Planet | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
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WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water | Environment | The Guardian

WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water | Environment | The Guardian | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water
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How Reducing Litter Can Help Save Coral Reefs | OR&R's Marine Debris Program

How Reducing Litter Can Help Save Coral Reefs | OR&R's Marine Debris Program | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
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KU researcher looks to reduce microplastics' harm to marine ecosystems

KU researcher looks to reduce microplastics' harm to marine ecosystems | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Click to read how associate professor Belinda Sturm is leading a 3-year effort supported by the NSF.

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You Can Eat This Algae-Based Water Bottle When You’re Done With Your Drink | Fast Company

You Can Eat This Algae-Based Water Bottle When You’re Done With Your Drink | Fast Company | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Unlike plastic, which stays in landfills for centuries, this bottle design will start bio-degrading immediately.
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Are There Nanoplastics in Your Personal Care Products? ‹ Microplastics ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

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Ingestion of micro- and nanoplastics in Daphnia magna – Quantification of body burdens and assessment of feeding rates and reproduction

Ingestion of micro- and nanoplastics in Daphnia magna – Quantification of body burdens and assessment of feeding rates and reproduction | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Evidence is increasing that micro- and nanoplastic particles can have adverse effects on aquatic organisms. Exposure studies have so far mainly been qualitative since quantitative measurements of particle ingestion are analytically challenging. The aim of this study was therefore to use a quantitative approach for determining ingestion and egestion of micro- and nanoplastics in Daphnia…
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OpenIDEO - How might we get products to people without generating plastic waste? - Barcode v/s Plastic Waste: we can have Zero Waste Supermarkets worldwide

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ReThink Disposable

Clean Water is taking-on single use products: from shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products. Click on one of the links to the left, or below, to find out more.
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Disposable Cups, Cutlery and Dishware | Reusable vs. Disposable Dishware | The City of Portland, Oregon

Disposable Cups, Cutlery and Dishware | Reusable vs. Disposable Dishware | The City of Portland, Oregon | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
What’s the greenest option?
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Italy is home to the world’s first industrial diaper recycling facility

Italy is home to the world’s first industrial diaper recycling facility | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Diaper recycling and the recycling of sanitary napkins isn’t new, but recycling facility Fater Smart is reportedly the first in the world to take the
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Global, Multisector Commitments Aim to Eliminate Plastic Pollution at the Source; Is It Enough?

Global, Multisector Commitments Aim to Eliminate Plastic Pollution at the Source; Is It Enough? | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
NOTE: This article was updated on October 30, 2018 at 11:45am ET.
A Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source has been signed by 250 organisations including many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. For some signatories, the Global Commitment is just one facet of their plan to overhaul their approach to plastic.
The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), in collaboration with UN Environment, and was officially unveiled at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali today.
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Marine litter on the beaches of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas: An assessment of their abundance, composition and sources, Thomais Vlachogianni et.al. , ScienceDirect

Highlights • 1-year long marine litter surveys were carried out in 31 beaches in 7 countries of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. • A standardized methodology was used for all 180 beach litter surveys. • The investigation revealed a beach litter density of 0.67 items/m2, which is relatively high. • The results provide a blueprint for the setup of beach litter monitoring and assessment programmes. • A large fraction of the top 20 items found were short-lived single-use plastic items.

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Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
More and more waste plastic is ending up in our oceans. How big is the problem and why is plastic such a threat?
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Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
‘Very worrying finding’ from nearly 11km deep confirms fears that synthetic fibres have contaminated the most remote places on Earth
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Thousands of turtles victims of plastic fishing nets polluting Gulf of Carpentaria

Thousands of turtles victims of plastic fishing nets polluting Gulf of Carpentaria | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Plastic fishing nets, some the size of football fields, are washing up on Australia's northern coastline, slowly killing endangered turtles and creating a global hotspot for plastic pollution.

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How Marine Debris is Impacting Marine Animals and What We Can Do About It | OR&R's Marine Debris Program

How Marine Debris is Impacting Marine Animals and What We Can Do About It | OR&R's Marine Debris Program | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
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Environment Archives - Tobacco Free CA

Environment Archives - Tobacco Free CA | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Learn more about how tobacco harms all Californians. Read about tobacco's impact, tips to quitting and ways to help others quit tobacco.
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Microplastics shedding from polyester fabrics

Microplastics shedding from polyester fabrics | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
To minimize microplastics from polyester fabrics getting in the ocean, and posing a threat to the marine environment, the production design of polyester fabrics needs to change. Mistra Future Fashion now release new findings where their researchers and industry partners have investigated the relation between fabric properties and shedding for polyester fabrics, and thereby contribute…
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Whales Poisoned by Plastic Pollution in Mediterranean (WWF) - Map Ecology

Whales Poisoned by Plastic Pollution in Mediterranean (WWF) - Map Ecology | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Rome – On World Ocean Day, as the first UN Ocean conference takes place in New York (USA), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reveals, on Thursday in a statement, new evidence of plastic contamination of cetaceans in the Mediterranean. The global conservation organization has demonstrated through innovative research the impact of plastic pollution …

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Aktionsplan: G20 wollen Vermüllung der Meere stoppen

Aktionsplan: G20 wollen Vermüllung der Meere stoppen | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Der pazifische Ozean droht zu einer gigantischen Müllkippe zu werden - so sehr, dass nun auch die G20-Staaten Handlungsbedarf sehen. Sie haben sich in Bremen auf einen Aktionsplan geeinigt. Das Ziel: Weniger Plastik in den Meeren.
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