The growing problem of plastic and ocean waste is an alarming issue that negatively impacts our environment and society. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean every year, causing serious harm to marine life and ecosystems . aciae advances our mission of eliminating waste, causing zero harm to all lives, and fostering sustainability. Our vision compels us to take a stand against the pervasive issue of plastic pollution, a stance marked by responsibility, commitment, and actionable change. aciae is proudly supporting the Seabin Foundation Clean the Sea Project via i=Change, a monumental stride towards cleaner oceans and a healthier world.
The Plastic Problem
We live in a society entrenched in the conveniences of disposable plastics. With no firmly established system to contain this epidemic, a shocking 40% of these plastics end up in landfills, and an additional 32% litter our environment, tarnishing the world's natural beauty. Worse yet, only about 10% of the total plastic produced gets recycled.
Over the years, these plastics find their way into our waterways and oceans, breaking down into hazardous micro plastics. These small, nearly invisible fragments enter our food chain through the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we consume.
Seabin's Innovative Solution
The Seabin Foundation is taking giant strides to tackle this plastic problem head-on. Their Smart Tech, acting as a rubbish bin crossed with a pool skimmer, is capable of removing floating plastics as small as 2mm. This innovative solution filters up to 600,000L of water each day from oil and surface pollutants.
"Julia is one of many who find a purpose for cleaner oceans as part of the Seabin volunteer team. As part of the Citizen Science program, Julia visits the Seabin near her house weekly, looking carefully for microplastics, microfibers and any other plastics caught by the Seabin. Her results are then entered into our global database, and compared over time to weather factors such as rainfall, wind strength and directions. Monitoring the recurring commonalities helps us to identify the provenance and timeframes of the biggest accumulations of plastics, as well as the most problematic plastics for each site.
This allows us to trace back the problem to the source, work with communities and tackle the problem locally, more specifically. Doing this in upstream locations, before the waterway reaches the open oceans, means that plastics can they stopped at an earlier stage before it becomes a harder problem to trace back. Generally, it starts from shops, homes and factories, then to overflowing bins, into the streets and drains, crushed by cars and then into creeks and rivers, ending up in the oceans. Julia's contribution helps to understand the patterns of this story, to take action and track the solutions' efficacy."
- Seabin Foundation
aciae, through our partnership with i=Change, is fully committed to supporting the Seabin Foundation's purpose and mission. We firmly believe in the power of collective responsibility and action, and it is this belief that fuels our support for the Seabin Foundation's Clean the Ocean project.
Through our shared vision of sustainability, aciae aims to contribute to an environment where our oceans are free from the scourge of plastic pollution. The Seabin Foundation's innovation, technology and the dedication of volunteers like Julia provide us with a path to turn this vision into reality.
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