Thanks to all of the participants at the 3rd Plasticity Forum, this year in NYC. We hope to see you at the next event! www.plasticityforum.com
NEW REPORT: Valuing Plastic - the business case for measuring, managing and disclosing plastic use in the consumer goods industry.
Thanks to the HK Youth Arts Foundation for procuring an incredible Ocean Art Walk this year in Stanley!
Join us in Hong Kong for a series of amazing ocean films May 6-11, with Planet Ocean playing April 29th.
Plastic for Recycling in Hong Kong - Opportunities if focused on, but problems if we turn a blind eye.....
Oceanic Big 5 - The world's biggest ocean sports users gathering their teams and community for clean-ups while doing their sports. World Ocean Day, June 8th every year. Get your friends or team involved this year!
Recycling resources - over US$8bn/year in value of just plastic packaging is un-recovered each year in the U.S.
Plastic Waste Causes Financial Damage of US$13 Billion to Marine Ecosystems Each Year as Concern Grows over Microplastics
By UNEP- Published on June 23, 2014 by UNEP
Nairobi, 23 June 2014 – Concern is growing over the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life, with conservative estimates of the overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems standing at US$13 billion each year, according to two reports released on the opening day of the first United Nations Environment Assembly. The eleventh edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book looks at ten issues flagged as emerging by previous reports over the past decade, including plastic waste in the ocean. The UNEP Year Book 2014 gives an update on each issu…Continue Reading »
Ocean Recovery Alliance
The Live Stream of the 3rdannual Plasticity Forum in NYC is still available for viewing until July 24th. Click here to view the talks. Individual speeches will be available shortly on the Plasticity Forum website, as well as the slides from the presentations.
Global Deposit Challenge
Help inspire the innovative thinkers, brand managers, marketers and entrepreneurs by showing them that you like the Global Deposit Challenge for plastic bottles. It is proven that when plastic bottles have a deposit on them, or reward associated with their return, that the "economic" cycle starts to happen, encouraging consumers to bring back their bottles en-masse (relative to what occurs today). When this happens, it is much easier for recyclers or users of that plastic bottle to reach economies of scale to keep this material as a resource, not a waste product. Please LIKE the Global Bottle Deposit on Facebook too.
Support the Upgrading of Sewage Treatment in Hong Kong
Over 10 years ago, the Hong Kong Government embarked on a program to improve the ocean in the territory by installing better sewage treatment facilities. However, the work is not done, and now there is some discussion about not continuing with that plan, for fears of cost overruns (it will only be more expensive in the future), and because some think that the water quality is already "good enough." In fact, only 16% of the sewage receives secondary treatment, and for a wealthy city like Hong Kong, with seasonal red tides (algal blooms) becoming a common feature, we seek your help by signing here to support the government's original plan of undertaking all of the sewage treatment works it set out to accomplish.
Ocean Recovery Alliance Introduction
The focus of Ocean Recovery Alliance is to bring together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations in order to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that will help improve our ocean environment. This includes creating business opportunities for local communities when applicable, in order to address some of the pressing issues that our ocean faces today.
The World Bank estimates that the production of municipal solid waste could double by 2025. Even if this is only partially correct, the environmental impacts could be significant, as most of the countries where populations and consumption are growing, do not have nearly enough capacity to handle this flow of trash - even today. This lack of capacity to handle our waste generation is what impacts our waters, health, city operations, tourism, and eventually the ocean. However, if waste were viewed as a resource, we would be able to create tens of thousands of new jobs, create new revenue streams, and alleviate much of the environmental impact that waste has on our communities today.
Ocean Recovery Alliance has two projects which were announced at the Clinton Global Initiative, focused on reducing the global impact on plastic pollution. These are unique, because they cut across boundaries and can be used by everyone, without the need for legislative changes, bans or taxes. We hope that you will be able to use these within your respective communities, as they are tools which can help us all focus on plastic in a new way, leading to efficiencies in use, better recycling and waste management, job creation, and a lower environmental impact within our communities. Ocean Recovery Alliance is now working with both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank's Global Partnership for Oceans on the Plastic Disclosure Project for research and programs for cities and their waste analysis. The first project was in Colombia with the Ministry of Environment, and a three-city study along the Magdalena River Basin, which leads into the Caribbean. This report, and the report on the Natural Capital Cost of Plastic in the Consumer Goods industry (joint program with UNEP and Trucost), will be released in the summer of 2014.
The group is a registered charitable organization in Hong Kong, and is a 501c3 non-profit organization in California. Ocean Recovery Alliance strives to take a lead with a variety of existing stakeholders, leveraging each of their qualities and institutional capacities when needed, while combining forces with the business and technology sectors in ways that have not been done before.
Other Projects of Ocean Recovery Alliance
The Grate Art project is about street art bringing a message to the community about not dumping in our city street-drains, because those actions impact our waters. Eight commissioned artists will create ceramic plates to be located on street drains in Hong Kong - a city whose main geographic asset is the ocean. The project will help to develop local art/design, while also adding some interesting color to our streets, with an important, yet subtle message, of protecting our ocean. Please visit our Grate Art page to see how you can support this great program.
On Sharks - great news! On September 15th, 2013, the Hong Kong Government announced that shark fins and bluefin tuna would not be used at government banquets and events. This is a great start, but a huge number are still traded through Hong Kong, and this trade is not well monitored. You can make a BIG difference by helping to keep the ecosystem functioning properly, and protecting sharks. If you support the the call for a comprehensive sale and possession ban, please sign and share this petition. There are already thousands of signatures, but many more are needed to show support for their protection. Please sign this petition today, and pass it on. (Photo courtesy of Alex Hofford)