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Posted on February 22, 2017 - 4:35pm, by nwehner

Via ArsTechnica

"Dell says it plans to develop programs with recyclers to recover ocean plastic in these areas. In what it describes as a pilot program, the company will soon start using it for manufacturing some packaging for one of its laptops. The plastic trays in the box will be made from a mixture of 25 percent recycled ocean plastic (from Haiti, at first) and 75 percent recycled plastic from conventional sources."

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Posted on February 18, 2017 - 7:09pm, by abrown

Via Marine Conservation Society

"Over 600 volunteers around the UK, including many from MCS, took part in The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt, from the 3-5 February 2017.  They scoured local beaches for tiny plastic pellets called nurdles and discovered them on almost three-quarters of the beaches surveyed."

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Posted on February 13, 2017 - 1:11pm, by nwehner


Deep down in the Marianas Trench, human pollution has been discovered by a research team from Newcastle University.

"The amphipods were contaminated with PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls — toxic chemicals used for decades in industry, as well as other industrial pollutants known as persistent organic pollutants."

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Posted on February 2, 2017 - 4:13pm, by nwehner

Via CBC News

"The findings are part of a report prepared for the International Maritime Organization, the UN agency responsible for preventing marine pollution.

It's not yet been established what effect these tiny particles of plastic will have on the humans who consume them, the report says."

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Posted on January 23, 2017 - 9:17am, by nwehner

Via The Manila Times Online

"Lawyer Zelda Soriano, legal and political adviser for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said a 2015 study named five Asean member-countries as the biggest sources of plastics pollution in the world’s oceans. These are: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam."