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PLASTIC WAVE

In collaboration with Nicolo’ Ongaro (@Llumblava), Artemis Eyes just published a new video on its channel, called Plastic Wave.

Plastic Wave wants to tell you about plastic pollution in our oceans, by interviewing renowned scientists researching on this issue, by summarizing some of the knowledge achieved by scientists to date and by taking you for a dive underwater.

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Nicolo’ Ongaro filming Heidi Acampora (GMIT) showing us some of her research. Heidi is a PhD student at GMIT (Ireland) where she leads “The Republic of Ireland Beached Bird Survey”, a project that involves the collection of dead seabirds for marine litter research.

For too long, the vastness of the ocean has prompted people to overestimate its ability to safely absorb our wastes. Marine litter has become one of the most pervasive pollution problems facing the world’s oceans and waterways. Marine litter is defined as any persistent, solid material that is manufacturer or processed, and that is directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally discarded, disposed or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment.

Plastic and synthetic rubber are the most persistent between marine debris. Plastics are different from all the other marine debris. Plastics indeed do not biodegrade. Instead, they breakdown into small pieces due to oxidation or due to the physical action of waves, currents, and the grazing activities of fish and birds. Plastic can also break down when exposed to sunlight, a process called photodegradation, but it never truly goes away!

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Nicolo’ Ongaro filming Dr. Amy Lusher. Amy completed her PhD at GMIT (Ireland) in 2015. Her research focuses on the impact of microplastics in the marine environment.

 

While there is still relatively little information on the impact of plastic pollution on the ocean’s ecosystems, there is an increasing knowledge about its deleterious impacts on marine life.

Any trash that is disposed of improperly can potentially enter the ocean or other waterways, and anyone who disposes of trash improperly can be a source of marine debris! Yes, even you!

Marine debris is one of the greatest threats our ocean faces, but luckily it is an issue with which we can all play a part in the solution.

We all should be aware that plastics and plastic chemicals are ubiquitous, and we truly can’t eliminate all risks associated with plastics. But we can reduce them, and we can chose to support businesses and institutions that are attempting to do the same.

Plastic pollution can be reduced by using less plastics products and switching to alternatives. Among the existing solutions recycling is one of the most convenient and easiest ways. As consumers, the recycling only requires one easy step of putting plastic wastes in right bins for disposal. Separating the plastic waste from other waste will prevent plastics to be land filled and will allow it to be recycled with other plastics of the same kind. Source reduction (Reduce and Reuse) can occur by altering the design, manufacture, or use of plastic products and materials.

To be effective our actions should embrace the so called five R’s: ‘reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and redesign’.

Stay tuned for more contents and tips about how to reduce your plastic footprint!


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