Renewable Matter # 21 / May-June

Cleaning Our Oceans? No Lack of New Ideas

by Antonella Ilaria Totaro

Focus on Plastic


Institutions, political bodies, partnerships and ordinary citizens are all developing programmes to clean up seas and rivers, thus protecting the ocean ecosystem and community wellbeing, whilst also ascribing economic value to marine litter.


Over the past few years, a trending environmental issues has been that of marine litter. It is a problem affecting many countries around the world. Contrary to what usually occurs, marine litter is not caused directly by industrialised countries, but rather by industrialising ones. According to The New Plastics Economy report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, only 2% of marine...

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