|Satellite image of debris in the open-ocean|
"According to other calculations, some 8 million items of marine litter have been estimated to enter oceans and seas every day, about 5 million of which are thrown overboard or lost from ships. Furthermore, it has been estimated that over 13,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square kilometre of ocean surface." (UNEP- http://www.unep.org/regionalseas/marinelitter/about/distribution/)
|Plastic ends up in our oceans from runoff.|
|Erin Diskin sampling for plastic bottle leachates.|
|M. Mangiacapre, S. Kennedy, |
and S. Lyons learning FT-IR.
|Typing plastic fragments on FT-IR|
|UNCW lab doing it right - recycle foil.|
While taking pictures of our students working in the lab, I stumbled upon this pleasant surprise. Recycling all that we can reduces our over use of resources while creating a closed loop system.
And of course we can all help stop the flow of plastic marine debris if we reduce our use of single use plastics.