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The 700,000,000 tons of plastic in our ocean is an untapped resource

We make 288 tons of plastic per year. As there was the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, scientists believe we will be known as the Plastic Age.

Vice has posted an eye-opening documentary about the output of plastic on Earth. It points out that wood or metal would be biodegradable or have little to no impact on the environment, but plastic endures, and it's now an untapped resource, ready for recycling, floating through our oceans. Watch this, it is amazing:

"We make the weight of every man, woman and child on Earth in plastic every year. Can you imagine if we recovered that and reused it?"
- Capt. Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research & Education

This documentary opened my eyes to how connected our world is through our consumption and output of plastic waste. Plastic from Korea is washing up in Hawaii's most remote and shielded archipelago. This says that most of our world has an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality when it comes to plastic waste. Places like garbage island are a testament to this mentality.

"The chemicals that are in the plastic make their way up the food-chain. And now they're in us, because we're eating those fish."
- Kahi Paccaro, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

There are things we can do to avoid perpetuating this cycle of plastic consumption. As the documentary mentions, humans adapt, and now there is science, communication and community awareness of this growing issue. You may have seen billboards at bus stops with an advertisement for Parley. Parley is a movement that turns ocean plastic debris into an asset in the fashion industry. They do this by producing 'bionic yarn' through recycling plastics. They have now created the world's first denim clothing range with recycled ocean plastic. We think this is an amazing leap forward in finding a solution to ocean pollution and litter, and it's our responsibility to make sure we are supporting these kinds of organisations going forward!

What you can do

Think green when you buy fabrics, fashion and accessories

Choosing the right low-impact fabrics, buying for quality and durability, and reusing and swapping clothes are all ways to cut CO2 pollution.

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