THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

  • Technology:

Not all technologies need to be man-made. Nature offers incredible technologies and sustainable solutions which can be leveraged to meet our needs at the same time respect the planet we live in. Biodegradable plastics are made from all natural plant-materials that decomposes naturally in our environment. These include corn oil, orange peels, starch, plants like hemp.

  • Problem:

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris mostly plastic. This patch is twice the size of Texas, 7 M tons of weight and 9 feet deep. 7 B pounds of non-recyclable are produced annually with only 7% being recycled. 80% of the plastic originates from land that ends up in the ocean. No other species in our planet ravage our environment as humans do.

  • Stakeholders:
    • Consumers, Institutions, Commercial Enterprises around the world
    • Manufacturers
    • Governments
  • Implementation:
  1. Incorporate environmental integrity into product development
  2. Educate, encourage consumers to be environmentally responsible
  3. Consciously research, identify, develop and incorporate bio-degradable natural materials to substitute regular, synthetic plastics Ex. Coke Plant Bottle

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