Renewable Matter # 09 / March-April

How to Eradicate the Trash Islands

by Roberto Giovannini

Every year 20 million tons of plastics are dumped at sea: over time, they result in real floating islands featuring up to 100,000 objects per square kilometre, or alternatively sink to the seabed. In both cases, they are likely to be ingested by the fish. And by us, as well. 


Not all plastics are indestructible. In fact, over the years, due to the constant inaction by the Countries, plastics are liable to end up not only at sea – thus making up the above-mentioned ill-famed “islands” – but also in our food chain. 

As a result of their amazing success, plastics – which are easily processable but at the same...

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