What are the solutions?
The ideal solution would be to completely do away with secondary and primary microplastic waste by replacing plastic with environmentally friendly packaging materials, and product ingredients. Take WAVE
for example. A range of polymer products made from organic material, instantly replacing harmful plastic bags. Replacement would be a long-term solution, and it will take time, and time we do not have. England, and some American states, have already taken a step by banning the use of microbeads in selected products. The effects waste has on ocean life, the closed economy, and climate, require immediate action.
Impact entrepreneurship helps in closing the existing gap. Solutions from green businesses dedicated to a cleaner environment for future generations are helping to clean up the waste which already has, and continues to make it into the ecosystem.
Products such as the Seabin V5
from Seabin Project are a viable innovation. Seabin V5 is built with the capability of scooping up microplastics as tiny as 2mm from the ocean, along with larger floating debris which would otherwise disintegrate into secondary microplastics when left in the ocean. It is suitable for Yatch Clubs, Ports, Marinas and other calm water bodies.