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How can we take plastics out of the ocean?

Literally you will find more plastic than marine animals in terms of weight in the world’s oceans by 2050, the World Economic Forum warned recently.

Plastic has become one of the world’s most popular matermaxresdefaultials, combining amazing functionality and very low production costs. Its use has increased 20-fold in the past 50 years and is expected to double again in the next 20 years.

Almost everybody in the world comes into contact with it — over a quarter of all plastic is used for packaging, the most popular use of the material.

But only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling.

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So how do we fix this? People all over the world are gathering to clean up beaches, while new technologies to remove plastics from the ocean are currently being developed. As the demand for plastics is set to double in the next two decades, we need to look at the root cause not just the symptoms, if we really want to solve the problem. To free our ocean from plastics, we have to fundamentally rethink the way we make, use and reuse plastics, so that they do not become waste in the first place.

To create a circular economy for plastics  – we need innovations in the form of better materials, clever product designs, and new, circular business models.

The Circular Materials  economy may make the ways to make all plastic packaging recyclable or composted.

Composting – Wise waste management.

A major issue facing modern society is waste management. More simply put, what should we do with the waste we produce? A growing emphasis has been placed on the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Composting provides a means of accomplishing all three of the R’s. Through composting the amount of garbage sent to the landfill is reduced, the organic matter is reused rather than dumped, and it is recycled into a useful soil amendment.

Natural ecosystems have a proven method of breaking down organic materials into a useful end-product: the decomposers found within the food chain break down nature’s organic waste and turn it into humus, the organic component of soil.

Composting is a way of harnessing the natural process of decomposition to speed up the decay of waste. The history of composting dates back to the history of early agriculture. Many find that composting is as much of an art as a science. Recent concern about managing wastes and producing food in an environmentally sound manner has led to a renewed interest in small-scale, backyard composting as well as an interest in developing large-scale, commercial and municipal composting systems.

Designing successful composting systems requires an understanding of certain biological, chemical, and physical processes such as the movement of air, uptake of carbon and nitrogen, and heat production and transfer.

Ecolife provides environmentally sustainable and cost effective organic waste management technologies. Ecolife provides design, equipment and commissioning for composting projects. The composting technologies promoted by Ecolife provides an environmentally sustainable solution to the organic waste problem faced in many countries. It is an environmentally sustainable solution in that it reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, processes this waste without polluting the soil, air or water, and provides an stable organic product that can be used to improve soil productivity and increase plant production. The nutrients in the compost and fertilizer products that are produced reduce the dependence on chemical fertilizer.


Ecolife composting technologies are climate change friendly achieved by reducing methane emission from landfills through diversion of the organic waste that would otherwise produce methane. The recycling of nutrients required by plants decreases the dependency on chemical fertilizers, the production of which is an energy intensive process..

Single Use Plastic – Do we really need them.

Plastic production comes at a high environmental and economic cost, yet it is still very cheap –and subsidized – in comparison with the alternatives. One of the results is the wide-spread use of single-use products, most of them made of plastic. Plastic bags are the best example of this practice.

From the design point of view it is quite stupid to use one of the most durable materials to produce the shortest lived products.

There is one thing we cannot deny and that’s the fact that people have been pretty careless in the use of conventional plastics around the world, endangering the natural environment around us. From plastics in landfills to the great pacific garbage patch, there are a number of ways we are actively destroying our environment and we often ignore the facts.

Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics

Products that come from nature, whether from plant, animals or minerals, will eventually return to their natural state, unlike man-made or synthetic products which will not. These will not degrade and will fill just litter the earth for centuries to come.

It is a good thing there is now a growing awareness to address this problem. Who would want to wake up in a world where trash outnumbered the people? The shift to eco-friendly products is not an easy one, and there is even a debate on the products that should be labeled as recyclable or not.

The future of the bioplastic industry is geared towards the use of organic materials that decomposes naturally. The resulting compost can now be used as an ideal soil conditioner thus eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers.

The most common applications of ecological products are in the manufacturing of tableware such as plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. To make sure that these products comply with the strictest compliance, you might want to check for the Biodegradable Product Institute or BPI logo. Nowadays bags , tableware can be made from corn resin and sugarcane pulp.

One can wonder why we don’t have a target of recycling 90 or 95% of the plastics when we know that they are all potentially recyclable but truth is that the different kinds of plastics and the many additives and toxics used make plastic recycling or composting difficult. Some ways to address this confusion can be:

–  Restrict the use the real biodegradable plastics for the purpose of food packaging so that they can be collected with the organic waste and properly composted,

–  Ensure quality recycling for the non-biodegradable plastics and promote design-for-recycling and not design-for-the-dump approach,

– Ban the use of oxo degradable plastics which only endanger recycling and composting.

Biodegradable Bags