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Sunday, June 9, 2013
On Ocean Debris and the Need for Recycling and Reuse
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute reported, “Over the past 25 years, we have recorded evidence of debris up to 13,000 feet deep and 300 miles offshore from waters off of central and southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and the Gulf of California. We've seen trash everywhere we've looked” and “it is far too expensive and impractical to locate and retrieve debris after it reaches the deep seafloor. The best solution is to reduce our reliance upon single-use, throw away items. Recycling, reusing, and properly disposing of trash items will help to keep litter from ever entering the ocean.”
While the damage to the oceans may be irreversible, there are many opportunities for firms to provide alternative products and services to minimize additional future impact.