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    Post  mudra on Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:38 pm

    Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

    Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.

    Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN.

    Up to 30% of plastic released into the oceans each year comes from primary microplastics, not the disintegration of larger pieces, a report found.

    Debris from tyre abrasion and synthetic fabrics are the main sources, they say.

    The IUCN reviewed data from seven global regions to look at how much of the estimated 9.5 million tonnes of new plastic waste released into the oceans each year comes from primary microplastics.

    These are tiny plastic particles from the likes of consumer products rather than the degradation of larger bits of plastic in the oceans.

    The report found between 15% and 31% of plastic pollution came from primary microplastics, of which the biggest contributors (almost two-thirds) were abrasion of synthetic textiles, while washing, and abrasion of tyres, while driving.

    Synthetic rubber, made from a variant of plastic, makes up around 60% of the rubber used in tyres.

    Other sources included microbeads in cosmetics, which contributed about 2% of the releases to the ocean globally.

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    Post  mudra on Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:17 pm

    We're Buying Into a Giant Lie About Plastic

    All in all, only 9 percent of the world’s plastic scrap gets recycled.

    The Philippines doesn’t want to recycle your low-grade plastic scrap anymore. Neither does China. Vietnam’s not thrilled about taking it either.

    Earlier this week, Malaysia became the latest country to join the burgeoning trend: Governments across Southeast Asia are refusing to be dumping grounds for scrap that claims to be recyclable — but largely isn’t. Malaysia will send some 3,000 metric tons of plastic scrap back to where it came from, places like the U.S., Canada, Spain, and Saudi Arabia.

    “Malaysia will not be the dumping ground of the world,” environment minister Yeo Bee Yin said.

    The Philippines made a similar decision last week. The country’s strongman president, Rodrigo Duterte, went so far as to threaten to sever diplomatic ties and dump plastic in Canadian waters if Canada refused to take back 69 shipping containers of plastic scrap that had been sent to the Philippines illegally between 2013 and 2014.

    The issue is largely with the plastics industry itself. Eager to make their materials seem recyclable and fend off bans on plastic products, industry groups have spent millions over 30 years to market and lobby for their products. The variety of plastic products — like lids, takeout containers, and straws — also makes scrap difficult to sort for companies trying to compete in a market that doesn’t exist anymore.

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    Post  Swanny on Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:44 am

    The people have been programmed to be consumers. When I was a boy when the kettle broke you took it to the man and he put a new element in it. Nowadays you throw it away and buy a new one
    I'm pretty sure people are happy when things break just so they can go shopping Freedom
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    Post  Mercuriel on Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:44 am

    Indeed...

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    Check this - We (People in general that is) now have an attention span of eight seconds or less.

    Apparently - A Goldfish has an attention span of NINE seconds...

    What does that say about Tech ? It sure hasn't made Us smarter, thats for sure.

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    Post  mudra on Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:02 pm

    Mercuriel wrote:
    Indeed...

    The Price of Our Comfortable Lives - Page 9 Giphy

    Check this - We (People in general that is) now have an attention span of eight seconds or less.

    Apparently - A Goldfish has an attention span of NINE seconds...

    What does that say about Tech ? It sure hasn't made Us smarter, thats for sure.

    The Price of Our Comfortable Lives - Page 9 Giphy

    Blink

    Indeed Mercuriel

    https://gfycat.com/fr/whirlwindminorcrocodile

    Could have been me mind you Wink

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