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Cleaning Up the Oceans 5 Products at a Time

Clean the ocean 5 products

at a time. What do body care companies, yarn manufacturers, shoemakers, beach hut designers, and floating screen fleets have in common? They are all doing their part to solve the serious pollution problem that plagues our oceans.

Here are five companies that are looking for effective ways to clean the ocean, educate the public and create something useful in the process.

1. STREAM2SEA

A major factor in ocean pollution is what you leave behind after swimming, snorkeling or even fishing in the ocean. Namely sunscreen, hair care products and silicon-based body products.

Every year 6,000 tons (half of the Eiffel Tower) and 14,000 tons (the entire Brooklyn Bridge) of sunscreen are washed down from the ocean, risking people to pollute our coral reefs (yes, even some waterproof versions). This molting is accelerating the bleaching of coral reefs and poisoning certain fish that use coral reefs as their home.

The main contaminants are present in several key ingredients-oxybenzone (which can bleach corals and destroy coral reefs) and cyclopentasiloxane/cyclomethicone-silicone ingredients used in skin care and hair care products (these It has been proven to be toxic to aquatic organisms).

To solve these problems, Stream2Sea has created a series of products that are not only environmentally conscious but also effective. All of their mineral sunscreens and body care products are made of natural, biodegradable ingredients. They also passed safety tests on fish and coral larvae. From their mineral sunscreen SPF 30 to their shampoo, shower gel and leave-in conditioner, Stream2Sea is doing its part to protect not only your skin, but also the ocean you choose to rub against.

2. Bionic

This company has been making waves in the past few years as they focus on uniting "industry leading brands to drastically and measurably reduce ocean plastics." Bionic is achieving this goal by designing fully traceable premium textiles (three yarns: HLX®, DPX® and FLX™) from recycled marine pollution.

Each of these yarns has different functions and is very suitable for a wide range of applications. Currently, they are used by customers such as Chanel, Burton Snowboards and Timberland for everything from "roller blinds and furniture to evening dresses and suitcases."

A bit of history...

In 2010, Grammy award-winning artist and producer Pharrell Williams became the company's third partner and is still its acting creative director to this day. In 2016, Bionic teamed up with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the largest and fastest growing non-profit organization that specializes in clean water. According to Bionic, it unites more than 300 Waterkeepers organizations and affiliates in 37 countries/regions to patrol and protect 240 globally. 10,000 square miles of watershed. In 2017, Bionic further invested in the Waterkeeper Alliance to create more job opportunities, is committed to saving the marine and coastal environment, and educates local communities and their responsibility for environmental management.

Bionics are more than just cleaning our oceans; the world they left is better than they found.

3. PARLEY X COP21* and Adidas

For 68 years, Adidas has been helping people stay healthy. Now they are doing the same with Parley for our oceans (creators, thinkers, and leaders collaborate to end the destruction of our oceans). Through their cooperation, they are turning pollution into a "3D printed Futurecraft midsole made of marine plastic."

The shoe was unveiled at Parley x COP21: Oceans (the two-day Parley Talks and Cooperation Conference Summit was held concurrently with the Paris climate change negotiations, aimed at mobilizing the creative industry to take immediate action).

According to Parley, the 3D printed midsole has yet to be improved, but they found a valuable lesson in the process: "If we wait for the perfect solution, there is no solution. Every action we take is A step forward. The worst thing any of us can do is do nothing."

Adidas is one of the founding members of Parley. They support their communication and education work through projects such as Parley A.I.R. (Avoid using plastic as much as possible. Stop plastic waste. Redesign your life.) Through challenges such as Parley and the leadership of major manufacturers such as Adidas, we will find efficient ways to make our oceans cleaner and cleaner for future generations. healthier.

4. Sparks

Inspired by the reuse of marine plastic by Pharrell Williams of Parley, Adidas and Bionic, this team of designers is using their expertise in architecture, urban planning and interior design to use waste plastic collected from the beaches and oceans of Southeast Asia Build beach huts.

Spark intends to let their cabins “enliven the coastline and provide rentable temporary accommodation for the many “beach campers” who frequent the park on weekends.” While the cabins will play a role, they will also provide much-needed public education to understand How the reckless dumping of plastic and other waste has led to our current highly polluted ocean.

These beach huts are cleaning the ocean from the outside in. The external "skin" is made of recycled HDPE (High Density Polyethylene). HDPE is used to make all kinds of products from bottles to bags, and it is not biodegradable, so it makes sense that it accounts for a large proportion of the plastic that pollutes the ocean.

When most people see HDPE in the ocean, they see a problem. When Spark saw HDPE in the ocean, they saw an opportunity. Although HDPE is a terrible pollutant, it also has flexible properties, making it ideal for a variety of applications that are easy to recycle.

In order to create the cabin, Spark performs the following operations after the ocean plastic is recycled:They color-coded it and chopped it up. They modified it by reheating plastic pellets into a mold shaped as a 3-dimensional rigid “scale” used to cover beach huts, like traditional roof tiles or Like shingles, they create different degrees of sturdiness and transparency to create privacy and light. They use thin-film PV (photovoltaic) printed scales to generate enough electricity to support indoor fans and general LED cabin lighting.

After all, the ocean is cleaner, the public is learning how to keep it that way, and Spark's natural ventilation and self-sustainable beach huts provide unique and sustainable options for people seeking shelter.

5. Ocean Cleanup

Ocean cleanup is taking an ambitious approach to solve the problem of ocean pollution. In 2013, this non-profit organization was founded by 18-year-old Boyan Slat (Boyan Slat). He believes that big problems such as ocean pollution require big solutions. If all goes well, the above-mentioned companies may eventually have to purchase from other places. Reused plastic.

According to the Ocean Cleanup Organization, a large part of ocean plastic flows into a large circulating flow system called the circulation. When plastic enters these circulations, it decomposes into microplastics, which can easily be mistaken for food by marine organisms. Tracking these fragments is inefficient. This is why The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system that consists of a floating object that fixes part of the screen below the water surface.

These floating objects move with the water flow, collect the debris, and guide it to the collection system.

According to Slat, “By deploying a set of systems, Ocean Cleanup is estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Strip in just 5 years. The concentrated plastic will be brought back to shore for recycling and sold to B2C companies. The income will be Help fund the cleanup of the other four ocean circulations."

In preparation for full deployment, Slat's team advanced its design through a series of scale model tests deployed in Beihai in 2016 and 2017.

The non-profit organization stated that the system trials on the west coast of the United States will begin in early 2018, and the first deployment of the Great Pacific Garbage Strip is planned for mid-2018.

*COP 21: COP stands for the Conference of the Parties and refers to countries that have signed the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Looking for more? Check out our blog Ocean Pollution: 14 facts that will surprise you

Editor's note: Rubicon is not affiliated with the companies cited in the blog post, and any reference to the company in the article does not mean that these companies endorse Rubicon in any way.

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