O IS FOR OCEANS
The numbers are staggering. Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans. At the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers collected 1.6 million plastic bottles, 1.1 million bottle caps and more than 900,000 plastic bags. That’s a hell of a lot of non-nutritious “food” for turtles and seabirds. A plastic bottle can take 450 years to completely degrade. An abandoned nylon fishing net? Up to 600 years.
By 2050 there will be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the sea.
Could the circular economy provide the solution? Imagine designing out waste from the system. Trash becomes a resource, something valuable to be cycled endlessly back into the loop.
Those plastic bottles can become trainers or jeans. Those fishing nets can find a new life as bikinis made from recycled nylon. It is already happening. We’re a long way off a truly circular system, but it is possible. Humans are ingenious. If we can manage to create all this plastic, to warm up the Earth, to change the oceans’ chemistry, to make Crocs cool, well… we can do anything, can’t we?
Artwork by @allivanes
Written by @mrspress
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