Upcycling the Plastic Gyres to create fuel

Over the past three years, I’ve written about the plastic debris or plastic gyres, in our world’s oceans.   The latest news is that the gyres are growing larger, making the need to find solutions to clean them up even more critical. The Upcycle the Gyres Society is a new, not-for-profit that plans to upcycle […]

5 Gyres works to help stop plastic pollution of microbeads

The issue of plastic in our oceans is huge – and growing! Even with encouraging news regarding Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat’s plan to clean up half the Pacific Garbage Patch in just 10 years, the issue of microbeads remains. Plastic microbeads are in beauty products like toothpaste and facial scrubs in humongous amounts. One tube of […]

Preliminary results of our oceans shows alarming amount of plastic debris

There’s a race taking place and it doesn’t result in ribbons or plaques. It’s the “Race for Water Odyssey”. Sponsored by the Race for Water Foundation, this 300 day voyage, which will travel over 40,000 nautical miles, will create the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean by visiting island beaches situated in the 5 “gyres” (trash vortexes)..

The “Race for Water Odyssey” to assess global ocean plastic pollution

It’s estimated that over 260 billion tons of plastic are currently polluting our oceans, accumulating within whirling pools of water or gyres. Of these five gyres, only one – the Great North Pacific Gyre (also known as the North Pacific Garbage Patch) – is being actively studied. Scheduled to launch from Bordeaux, France, the Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) aspires […]

A bridge made of discarded plastic bottles

Plastic is everywhere. Last month 5 Gyres institute completed  a three-week sail from Bermuda to Iceland and found microplastic particles in every surface sample collected during the trip.

New technology effective at filtering ocean plastics without harming sea life

The plastic pollution in our oceans is a killing our marine life. Sea birds, seals and other marine animals and mammals are turning up dead with lots of plastic in their stomachs that they mistook for food. The problem is that so much of this plastic is small fragments, making it extremely difficult to simply scoop […]

Plastic pellets made from ocean debris

I’ve written several stories about the dirth of plastic in our oceans and creating gyres around the world. The problem with collecting it has always been that the majority of it consists of small fragments, making it difficult to simply scoop up. Also it’s more brittle due to its exposure to ultraviolet light and ocean […]

Plastic Bags: on their way out?

In California alone, consumers use upwards of 19 million plastic bags per year, which require approximately 8 million barrels of oil to produce. 90 percent of the bags used in the United States never get recycled. Globally, of the 500 billion of the flimsy, single-use bags we go through, many end up either in landfills […]

Aveda’s Recycle Caps program makes #5 plastic recyclable

With curbside recycling in most area across the U.S., we’ve learned what we can recycle and which ones we can’t. The rigid polypropylene (known as #5) plastic –found in all sorts of containers – generally falls into that last category. Because recyclers rarely accept this highly used plastic, the majority of it winds up in […]

Project Kaisei seeks to solve the Plastic Vortex

Project Kaisei – a group of innovators, scientists, environmentalists, ocean lovers, sailors, and sports enthusiasts – have come together to find remedy to undo one of our most serious man-made environmental disasters – the ever-growing Plastic Vortex. Their first mission –  to study ways to capture marine debris in the North Pacific Gyre and possible […]