The environmental problem of plastic waste has increasingly been hitting the headlines in recent months.
Aquapak produces a fully recyclable, biodegradable non-toxic and high-quality plastic polymer. Traditional plastics are non-biodegradable and end up in landfill, incinerated or out at sea. Currently around 150 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in the world’s oceans and this is expected to increase to 250 million tonnes by 2050.
A six-month scientific voyage has discovered a huge 'patch' of plastic pollution in the South Pacific.
The expedition, led by Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Research Foundation, found an area of ocean measuring up to a million square miles, was heavily contaminated with tiny fragments of waste plastic.
OPEN has often reported on the threat of discarded plastics on the environment, so are delighted to see that a succession of consumer goods and food/drinks manufacturers are developing programmes to help tackle the problem of what to do with discarded plastic.
The problem of waste plastic, and particularly the millions of tonnes that end up in the world's oceans, is something which OPEN has highlighted for some time.
A recent technological breakthrough has led to shampoo and cleaning products manufacturer Procter & Gamble (P&G) trialling the world first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25% recycled beach plastic.