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First Ever Plastic Bottles Made Out of Ocean Waste Hit Supermarket Shelves


Plastic rubbish washed up on a beachThe horror stories about plastic pollution of our oceans are hitting us almost every other day. Some of the most shocking ones include the sabotaging of the search for the Missing MH370 Flight by ocean garbage, and the one that showed pictures of newly discovered areas at the bottom of the ocean, that already had garbage waiting for the divers to arrive.

The good news, however, is that more people are becoming aware of the situation, recognize it as a huge problem, and actually do something about it. One such company is Ecover, a Belgium firm who make detergent and dish soap containers and bottles out of plastics picked up directly from the ocean.

The product is truly revolutionary, and unlike many of those cases, where something super amazing is announced, but for some reason never reaches the supermarket shelves, Ecover’s creation is set to go on sale (in the UK) in a few weeks time.

Although the company is mixing the plastic to produce the new bottles, putting some of the retrieved from the sea and some made from sugarcane and regular recycled plastic. The only reason for this is that what comes out of the sea cannot be made into a robust product, however the company is already improving the technology and aiming to increase the amount of ocean-retrieved plastic.

The collection of the plastic is done by either fishermen, who can deliver the collected material to designated points across, or boats that are equipped with special instruments that can collect tons of waste. The collected material is processed and shaped into the new plastic bottles in the company’s plant in east London.

Considering the incredible amounts of garbage in the sea, any effort to initiate its removal should be prized. We have told you about quite a number of brilliant projects and ideas, including the opening of the Plastic Bank, the teenager, who created a giant machine that cleans up the ocean, and the bans on use of microplastics in cosmetics, in order to prevent further ocean pollution. However, this is the first product that makes it to the supermarket shelves.

Image (c) AP

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