#Ocean Plastic
A New Venture Fund Raises $100M From Plastic Makers/Users to Stop Ocean Trash

A New Venture Fund Raises $100M From Plastic Makers/Users to Stop Ocean Trash

An investment firm called Closed Loop Ventures (they’re the folks behind the NextGen Cup challenge for Starbucks and McDonalds) has raised $100m USD for a fund to make early-stage equity investments into sustainable consumer goods companies, advanced recycling technologies, and services related to eliminating ocean plastic pollution, Bloomberg News reports.  Rob Kaplan, the Fund’s Founder […]

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Hero of the Week: Lilly Satidtanasarn

Hero of the Week: Lilly Satidtanasarn

Called “Thailand’s Greta Thunberg” 12-year-old Lilly Satidtanasarn has been fighting to stop the use of single-use plastics in her home country–which is one of the leading contributors to ocean plastic pollution. As the Jakarta Post reported, “In June, Lilly won her first victory: she persuaded Central, a major supermarket in Bangkok, to stop giving out […]

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Ocean Plastic Cleanup Device Up and Running After Previous Setbacks

Ocean Plastic Cleanup Device Up and Running After Previous Setbacks

Twenty-five-year-old entrepreneur Boyan Slat’s ocean clean up device is finally collecting trash after breaking apart late last year.

The Takeaway: This technology likely won’t solve the ocean plastic pollution crisis but the world is finally beginning to think through how we tackle our plastic addiction and that’s a good thing.

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Our Mountain of a Plastic Problem

You might have heard the phrases, “we’re drowning in plastic” or “all the plastic we’ve ever made is still with us” and while this may get at the urgency of the plastic pollution crisis, it’s still difficult to visualize what this means. Sure, we’ve seen images of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch but what to […]

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NatGeo Helps ‘Activate’ Viewers

Last Week the six-part series Activate premiered on the National Geographic Channel as a partnership between consumer product giant P&G, Radical Media, Global Citizen, and National Geographic. As Fast & Co. explained, the series “features celebrities such as music producer Pharrell Williams, rapper Common, and actors Darren Criss and Uzo Aduba, and highlights the work […]

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President Trump’s Sustainable Straws A Big Seller

President Trump’s Sustainable Straws A Big Seller

The Guardian reported last week that President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, boasted that they had raked in almost $500,000 in one week from selling reusable and recyclable Trump-branded nine-inch long plastic straws that sold out within hours.  The straw is nothing more than a gimmick — the idea for it grew out of Parscale’s bad experience with a paper straw — several cities like Seattle and Washington, D.C. have outlawed the single-use plastic straw. 

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Hawaii’s Beaches Get a Helping Hand

Hawaii’s Beaches Get a Helping Hand

Hoola One, a machine developed by mechanical engineering students at the Université de Sherbrooke, is being used to clean up one of Hawaii’s dirtiest beaches by filtering out microplastics. As Atlas Obscura explained, Kamilo Beach was formerly a lovely white sand beach stretch which is now a trap for countless tons of trash. Nicknamed “Trash Beach,” or […]

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Interview of the Week: Dune Ives

Interview of the Week: Dune Ives

Dune Ives is the Executive Director of the Lonely Whale Foundation, a non-profit organization raising awareness for ocean health. At the Lonely Whale, Dune designs and leads change-making ocean conservation initiatives to address key drivers of environmental degradation and species decline. I (Miro) sat down with Dune to learn more about Lonely Whale’s latest campaign, […]

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How Can Companies Earnestly Tackle Ocean Plastic?

How Can Companies Earnestly Tackle Ocean Plastic?

Marine plastic pollution, as we often mention here, is a staggering problem–one which left unaddressed will ensure that there is more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050. While companies have announced initiatives to combat the plastic waste crisis, our question is always, how do you stop new plastic from being made while […]

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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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MLS Celebrates Earth Week With Greener Goals

MLS Celebrates Earth Week With Greener Goals

Major League Soccer began its fourth annual Earth Day week of service last Thursday with a series of volunteer activities in all the MLS cities continuing through Earth Day, April 22nd.  Each of the 24 clubs will, during this week, be wearing special Adidas x Parley eco-friendly kits (that is uniforms) during Earth Day weekend (April 19-21). 

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Where does the bulk of ocean plastic go?

Where does the bulk of ocean plastic go?

Roughly 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans each year and while we see images of this trash floating around on the ocean’s surface we don’t actually know what happens to most of it once it’s dumped. As Phys explained, of the between 4-12 million tons that enter the oceans each year, just […]

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