TAG: Marine debris

Shrimp Is The New Plastic

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A solution to the world’s plastic overload may have been found in a shrimp. Or actually, in the shrimp’s composition. A research team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are on to something huge. They have developed an interesting procedure for making bioplastic that is completely biodegradable and could someday replace commercial plastics that are not sustainable. The process uses a substance called chitin, which is an abundant natural source that can be collected from certain shelled organisms. Examples of the organic material can be seen in the protective coverings on shrimp and other crustaceous… read more

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

Art For Ransom In The Oceans

Recycled art from marine litter is an in your face reminder of manmade effluence. Ocean debris and water pollution are unacceptable proceedings of an unnaturally occupied culture. Artists who use the oceans’ trash as their bittersweet mediums help to spread the message of how large the consequences of careless disposal are. The nonprofit Washed Ashore Project is a conceptualization of the Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education. The project takes the issue into the forefront of the community through outreaches and volunteers. By utilizing the arts to communicate and educate the public about the devastating effects of plastics and… read more

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Plastic debris floating around the ocean has been studied for years as its massive man made islands increase. The effects to ocean life, waterways and the seafood industry are all on the research radar. One recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has provided an interesting look into the oceans’ plastic pollution. The research team, reminding that plastic is the most plentiful form of marine debris, were interested in looking at the impact of plastics on the oceans’ ecosystems. Specifically wanting to understand microbial communities, they examined several locations in the North Atlantic. To investigate what effects plastics have had on… read more