French team designs ocean cleanup yacht that feeds on plastic trash

Good News Notes: “A French ocean adventurer and his team have designed a yacht which he says can scoop up plastic garbage to stop it blighting the world’s oceans, and converts the same waste into fuel to help power the boat. Yvan Bourgnon has spent his career racing sailing vessels around the globe as a…

Marshall University to go plastic-free by 2026

Good News Notes: “Marshall University has announced it has made a commitment to go plastic-free by 2026. The university joined the ‘zero waste’ movement. Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert recently signed the ‘Break Free from Plastic Campus Pledge.’ It’s a campus-wide commitment to eliminate all single-use disposable plastics. The pledge specifically addresses accessibility and inclusivity…

Pair upcycle plastic waste into benches for public in a Hong Kong town, showing the potential of a circular economy to reduce marine pollution | South China Morning Post

Good News Notes: “Old milk containers, juice jugs and toy cups are not the type of products usually associated with high-concept furniture, but two designers in Hong Kong have taken these and other items and upcycled them into stylish pieces of public furniture. Tasked with creating a collection of 12 benches for the town hall…

Seaweed breakthrough in east London could help save planet

Good News Notes: “Science graduate Marcos Ulloa, who did his Masters degree at Queen Mary University, aims to set up Britain’s first commercial land-based seaweed farm to mass produce the substance.   The 27-year-old from Canary Wharf has found a way to use dried or fresh seaweed as wrapping for food products and other uses instead of plastics.  ‘The material can reduce the waste accumulated in landfills,’ he explains….

Maersk Extends Partnership to Help Cleanup Plastic Pollution at Sea

Good News Notes: “Maersk and the Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup are extending their partnership to rid the world’s ocean of plastic pollution. Founded in 2013, The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to develop and advance technologies to cleanup plastic pollution at sea and also stop the inflow via rivers. Over the last several years the…

Suzuki’s motorboat filter gobbles up microplastics

Good News Notes: “Suzuki Motor has created an attachment for its boat motors that collects microplastics, a major source of pollution in the world’s oceans and waterways, the company said Thursday, adding that the device was the first of its kind. The Japanese company plans to launch the collector as an optional add-on next year,…

Vegan Brand Creates Edible Spoons To Tackle Plastic Pollution

Good News Notes: “Vegan brand IncrEdible has created edible spoons to tackle plastic pollution. The cutlery, which is available in three savory and two sweet flavors including black pepper and chocolate, can stay firm for up to 20 minutes in hot foods (such as soup) and 50 minutes in cold food. IncrEdible also planted more than…

Reduce plastic pollution to preserve all marine life

 Good News Notes: “Oceans play a vital role in life on earth, a role that affects humans in addition to whales, fish and turtles. Around 18 billion pounds of plastic are leaked into the ocean every single year  — that’s equivalent to 1 billion elephants, 80 million blue whales or 25,000 Empire State Buildings. If…

Microplastics: what is it and how to prevent it

 Good News Notes: “All of us are aware of the plastic pollution we pump into the oceans – from carrier bags to plastic bottles, straws and more. But many of us are contributing to another type of pervasive and hidden pollution, often without realising it. They’re called microplastics. Microplastics are tiny particles invisible to the…