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Beach Clean Ups Sweeping Hawai’i

Beach Clean Ups Sweeping Hawai’i

Hawai’i is known for its beautiful beaches, powdery sand, and crystal clear ocean waters.  But it is also a hub in the Pacific for trash from Asia, including microplastics, derelict fishing gear, and even debris from the 2011 Fukushima tsunami in Japan.  Local residents are not taking it sitting down!  Organizations like Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors […]

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Hero of the Week: Fionn Ferreira, Google Science Fair Winner

Hero of the Week: Fionn Ferreira, Google Science Fair Winner

Bright and undaunted teenagers may just save us yet!  Fionn Ferriera had the ingenious idea to use magnets to filter microplastics from water and he found that when he did, they removed at least 85%. Using a magnetic liquid called ferrofluid, which adheres to plastic and then is attracted to the magnets and removed from the water.

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One Shiny New Thing:  100% Plastic Free Glitter!

One Shiny New Thing: 100% Plastic Free Glitter!

We know how important glitter is — for art projects, cosmetics and fun.  And now Today Glitter has launched a 100% plastic free glitter that biodegrades in approximately 30 days.  Traditional glitter is composed of microplastics that make up 85% of the plastic in the environment and take up to 200 years to biodegrade, ending […]

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Seabins are helping clean up marinas around the world

Seabins are helping clean up marinas around the world

We write about ocean plastic pollution a lot, mostly because if we don’t act to curb our addiction to plastic there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050. Boating marinas especially are places where there’s a big opportunity to stop trash before it enters the ocean. Marinas are critical for […]

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All that glitters is harming the environment

All that glitters is harming the environment

After retailers Waitrose and Aldi committed to phasing out glitter in their own brands, the pressure has been on in Europe and the UK for other retailers to follow suit. 

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Nurdles: they sound cute, they’re anything but 

Nurdles: they sound cute, they’re anything but 

Science is continually discovering the extent of the damage microplastics wreak on our planet and especially the world’s oceans. These tiny (sometimes even microscopic) plastic fragments can become so small that they are absorbed by all sorts of marine organisms–from coral to the fish we eventually end up eating. While a lot of microplastic is a result of larger pieces of plastic breaking down, evidence shows that the second-largest source of marine plastic comes from nurdles.

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