The Fish Are Really Getting Wasted

plastic-ocean

This is a hard one folks!  It is critical to change our use of plastic.  There will be more plastic by weight than fish in our oceans by 2050!

A feature length adventure documentary film, called Plastic Ocean, is being made to expose the devastation on our marine coinhabitants  by the huge quantities of plastic entering the oceans every year, thanks to us.  Here is their trailer through Waste Management News.

http://waste-management-world.com/a/video-plastic-oceans-adventure-documentary-trailer

The film project began four years ago, when producer, Jo Ruxton, joined an expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco and discovered free-floating microplastics instead of the anticipated solid mass that could be contained.  Jo  started a charity to raise funds for the project, created a team of scientists, environmentalists and a free diving champion and set off on a globetrotting expedition that covered 20 locations.  Their film documents the global effects of plastic pollution and introduces workable technologies and policy solutions that could, if implemented in time, make the difference.

The report that announced “there will be more plastic by weight than fish in our oceans by 2050″ was produced as part of Project MainStream – a collaboration between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum, with analytical support from McKinsey & Company.  It provides a global economy vision where plastics never become waste.  It outlines concrete steps towards achieving the systemic shift needed to create  a new circular plastics economy.

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics states that between $80 and $120 billion of plastic packaging enters the waste stream each year, 95% of that is lost to the economy after a short first use, with significant environmental implications.

The report outlines a new model based on creating effective after-use pathways for plastics, drastically reducing leakage of plastics into natural systems (especially oceans) and finding alternatives to crude oil or natural gas as the raw material that makes plastic.

Dominic Waughray, Head of Public-Private Partnership, World Economic Forum said, “This report demonstrates the importance of triggering a revolution in the plastics industrial ecosystem and is a first step to showing how to transform the way plastics move through our economy.”

The use of plastics has increased twentyfold in the past half-century and is expected to double again in the next 20 years. While plastics and plastic packaging are an integral part of the global economy and deliver many benefits, their value chain entails significant drawbacks.

Dame Ellen MacArthur of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said, “By demonstrating how circular economy principles can be applied to global plastic flows, this report provides a model for achieving the systemic shift our economy needs to make in order to work in the long term.”

The change will require major collaboration between all stakeholders across the global plastics value chain – consumer goods companies, plastic packaging producers and plastics manufacturers, businesses involved in collection, sorting and reprocessing, cities, policy-makers, consumers and NGOs.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation said that it will initiate a global dialogue mechanism and drive the shift towards a New Plastics Economy.

“Plastics are the workhorse material of the modern economy – with unbeaten properties,” said Martin R. Stuchtey, McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. “However, they are also the ultimate single-use material.”

A first of its kind study of plastic pollution in the waterways of New York City and northern New Jersey turned up a sobering statistic: At any given time, an estimated 165 million plastic particles are floating in the estuaries that stretch from the Tappan Zee Bridge, along the lower Hudson River, south to Sandy Hook Bay, in New Jersey. That is more than 256,000 particles per square kilometer. That’s half a NYC block heading out to sea!

How You Can Help:

  • Follow up on the EPA new Clean Water Rule set by Barack Obama. It found that small streams and wetlands have the greatest impact on the health of downstream waters and sets out to protect those areas from polluters.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/03/3665579/waters-of-united-states-rule-ocean-health/
  • Stop buying one use plastic anything.
  • If you do find yourself using it throw it away responsibly.
  • Pick up plastic around water bodies of all sizes.
  • Make our marine cousins happy!

Until next week,shutterstock_152866337

Garbage Girl

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s