Ocean plastic is everyone's problem

Ocean plastic is everyone's problem

The Pacific ocean has a concentration of plastic covering an area three times the size of France, say environmentalists

Our seas are awash with plastic and it's time we all recognise the need to use less plastic in our lives

A huge accumulation of plastic is floating in the middle of the Pacific, between Hawaii and California. The largest of five offshore plastic accumulation zones, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is now estimated to be twice the size of Texas and three times the size of France.
 
Swiss tech firm ABB Technology has developed ways to better estimate the scale of plastic waste in the ocean, which are being used by environmental research yacht Fantasiko, operated by Dutch charitable foundation By The Ocean We Unite (BTOWU).  It's mission is to highlight the damage done by the millions of tons of plastic that end up in the oceans every year, which in turn should encourage governments, industry, retail and individuals to use sustainable alternatives. Watch the video here
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