Ocean plastic can be put to good use

ocean plastic recycled into new products

The problem with single-use plastics is just that.  They often get thrown away, as their title suggests, they are just for single use.  Once they are spent, we don’t give them mind where they end up.  But that’s no longer the case, some companies are thinking it through, and are really looking to make a change and they are going to show that Ocean plastic can be put to good use.

There are some small islands in the Pacific where the beaches are littered with tiny pieces of plastic.  Most of it tends to be made up of small plastic toys, the left-hand foot of your flip-flop, part of a plastic toothbrush or simply a plastic dinner plate.

The marine life and birds in these remote oceanic areas are suffering horribly as some species are mistaking the plastic fragments for plankton and therefore eating some of smaller pieces.  One area of the Pacific Ocean is so badly contaminated with bits of floating plastic it actually merits its own name – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Fortunately, companies like Guilt Free Drinks and Run Green are two businesses which use synthetic fibres and plastics which make the products more durable.  It could be said the materials used in the training shoes made by Run Green are friendly towards the ocean.

Even the giant corporation Adidas is about to release a running shoe, sometime in late 2016, which will be made entirely from recovered ocean plastic and then run through a 3D printer.  And Guilt Free Drinks really have taken the six pack or four pack drinks holders to a new environmentally friendly level.

Do you know the plastic rings which keeps cans together?  Yes, the ones that were caught around the neck of that animated film character in ‘Finding Nemo’?  Well, Guilt-Free Drinks has created an edible can holder – one that will easily contain the cans but will also be OK to eat by human or marine life if it ends up in the sea.

Plastic Paradise is a company who aim to make good use of the garbage floating around our seas and oceans.  It collects washed up plastic fragments and uses the material to beach huts in Singapore.  The result is the huts are multi-colored, funky-looking, and durable and fit for purpose.

We can also tell you of one cleaning products company, Method, which says it has started a range of dishes, soap holders and hand lotions that will have a double whammy effect against pollution and environmentally-trashed seas and oceans; it recovers plastic garbage and stops the creation of more plastic by recycling.

Adidas Parley shoes are produced with plastic ocean debris

So put these great ideas out of business, don’t throw your plastic into the sea and then these companies won’t be able to show that ocean plastic can be put to good use.