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find out more about plastic


Videos: The plastic problem and some solutions

My favourite websites

  • Trash Free Seas: Campaign from Ocean Conservancy. And, yes, you can Sign Up to Clean Up. Almost unbelievably, 648,015 volunteers in 92 countries picked up more than 12.3 million pounds of trash in their 2013 International Coastal Cleanup. Wow! And here you can find lots of useful Downloads (PDFs)
  • 5 Gyres: Here's a great site which deals with the problems but then has the solutions. You can certainly get active through this site!. If you're in school, there's plenty of stuff for you in their education section
  • Marine Debris (NOAA): One of the best websites for info on the problems of plastic and the solutions
  • Where is all the plastic?: Every year, the amount of plastic people make increases and most of this soon becomes waste. But scientists had been puzzled as to where all the plastic waste was going. Much more plastic was being made than could be accounted for by waste plastic on the world's seashores and the ocean gyres. This critically important work shows that ALL (!) the planet's deep sea sediments on which myriads of tiny creatures feed, are contaminated by microplastics. Royal Society Open Science, December 2014
  • Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth -- enough to cover the whole planet in clingfilm!
  • WWF: Probably the best known organisation trying to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Marine problems: Seas of garbage (scroll down for this)
  • Algalita: Committed to solving the plastic pollution crisis in our oceans. They not only educate and carry out scientific research, but show how everyone (yes, that's you too!) can be part of the solution
  • The Trash Vortex: Greenpeace does a great deal of work protecting the world's oceans. You can help!
  • Surfers Against Sewage: An environmental charity protecting UK waves, oceans and beaches. SAS shows ways you can get active in plastic clean-ups
  • Neptune's Army: A group of divers who clean up plastic beneath the waves in South Wales (UK)
  • The Plastic Cow Project: A reminder from India that plastic isn't just a problem in the sea. Cows (which are sacred and cannot be killed) eat plastic trash and die
  • Say NO to Plastic Bags: Clean Up Australia is calling on all Australians to help reduce plastic bag use. They're also running a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bottles
  • Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea. Published December 10, 2014 by PLOS, this is definitely for the serious researcher
  • Marine litter: a global challenge (UNEP) Published in 2009, this has it all with maps, charts, photos and facts. Free 234-page PDF document
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