What Can We Do To Create a Plastics-Free Ocean?
In times when many are ready to give up hope, more and more organizations are putting together programs to keep plastics out of our seas.
Marine Pollution is Taking Place at an Alarming Rate
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest collection of floating trash between the Western USA and Hawaii. Its total size is at least 600,000 square miles, which is comparable to twice the size of Texas.
- The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Asia is the source of over 80% of the plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans. Efforts to tackle the pollution are inadequate.
Businesses Feel an Increasing Awareness to Do Their Part
Companies all over the world create programs to reverse the effects of marine pollution.
- The Plastics Industry is collaborating with hundreds of international organizations to keep plastics out of our oceans: Read about Marine Litter Solutions
- The Coca-Cola Company announced its goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle (or can) it sells globally by 2030. Their environmental program is called “A World Without Waste:” About “A World Without Waste”
Individuals From All Walks of Life Have Started Non-Profits
A Sailboat Adventurer
English sailor Ellen MacArthur found tons of ocean litter during a solo sailing trip around the world. She then decided to do something.
- The Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to create a safe and healthy living environment. A Circular Economy consequently prevents waste by creating recyclable and reusable products or materials:
At the age of 16, Boyan Slat was diving off the coast of Greece. During his dive, he was inundated by scores of litter. As a result of this experience, Slat created a non-profit organization.
- The Ocean Cleanup developed an innovative system to clean up ocean’s waste. After years of rigorous testing, the project is finally ready to start in September of 2018: About The Ocean Cleanup
TDI Cares About the Environment
Since TDI is committed to prevent plastic pellet loss, we signed the pledge with Ocean Clean Sweep ® (OCS): TDI joins OCS
We maintain a clean and environmental-friendly manufacturing facility at all times. Furthermore, TDI makes sure to either reuse or recycle all plastic scrap material.
Please feel free to ask us about the possibility of using recycled resins in the production of your custom plastic bag or film.
(Sources: The Nikkei Asian Review, Plastics Make It Possible, The Coca-Cola Company, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and The Ocean Cleanup)