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.
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.