Oceans are dubbed the ‘ultimate sink’ for plastic waste

March 4, 2019 by  
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Plastic waste has officially reached the deepest levels of the world’s oceans, which are now being dubbed as the ultimate sinks for pollution. Scientists discovered organisms that had ingested microplastics at the bottom of the Mariana trench, which descends over 6,000 meters. The Royal Society Open Science journal published the findings of the study, concluding that all marine environments have now been affected by plastic waste. Many of these microplastics come from substances that do not biodegrade quickly and make their way to the ocean via landfills. Once they reach the ocean, the plastics break down even further and float to the bottom. Related: Point Nemo, the most remote spot in the ocean, is plagued with plastic Scientists are well aware of the impact plastics have on shallow marine environments, where the waste is a choking hazard for seabirds, whales and dolphins. But nobody thought the problem to be as widespread as the study showed. Scientists captured creatures from six different locations deep on the ocean floor. The researchers examined organisms from the Japan trench, Mariana trench , Izu-Bonin trench, Peru-Chile trench and the New Hebrides and Kermadec trenches. Microplastics were discovered in all six locations. Some of the plastics that were ingested included lyocell, ramie, polyvinyl, rayon and polyethylene. The deeper the scientists looked, the more contamination they found. This is largely due to the fact that the waste has nowhere to go once it reaches the bottom of the ocean and cannot be flushed out. “It is intuitive that the ultimate sink for this debris, in whatever size, is the deep sea,” the study concluded. It is unclear how much these microplastics are harming deep sea ecosystems. Scientists believe the waste is more harmful at lower depths, because organisms that thrive in these environments often eat whatever they come across. While scientists continue to do more studies, researchers admitted that it is depressing finding so much plastic waste in a place where humans have such little contact yet are making the biggest impact. Via The Guardian Image via TKremmel

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2019 could be sustainability’s finest hour — here’s what stands in the way

February 11, 2019 by  
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Sponsored: Schneider provides insights from 300+ industry professionals showing how companies get to the bottom-line benefits of efficiency and sustainability.

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Why companies should pay for biodiversity

December 10, 2018 by  
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It’s all a part of their bottom line.

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Can COP24 write the golden rulebook?

December 10, 2018 by  
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This is a “use it or lost it moment in economic history.”

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Sustainable solutions: collaborating for climate change

February 16, 2018 by  
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In today’s political environment, the mantle of climate leadership has been passed to the private sector. Supply chains are the new frontier of sustainability and accelerating this transformation can’t wait. Today, nearly half of all American Fortune 500 companies have stepped up to set climate targets, generating huge results for the planet and the bottom line – more than $3.7 billion in savings for corporations last year alone.

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Uncommon collaboration: Action-oriented transparency

February 16, 2018 by  
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Hear how International Paper and Procter & Gamble are driving sustainable change throughout the value chain and beyond – through strategic alignment, cross-functional dialogue and partnerships. Sustainability leaders will discuss their companies’ respective citizenship strategies, as well as specific collaborations that leverage their combined expertise and scale to create value for customers and stakeholders across commercial, technical, supply chain and sustainability areas.

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From doing better to doing enough: Using science & context to set meaningful targets

February 16, 2018 by  
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As corporate sustainability target-setting becomes increasingly integrated into core business decisions, agreeing to and implementing ambitious targets now reaches far beyond sustainability teams. With over 320 companies seeking Science-based GHG targets, and leading businesses pursuing context-based targets for impacts related to land and water use, the momentum toward targets that actually solve key sustainability issues is palpable.

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Designing for the circular economy with Bruce Smith from Steelcase

February 16, 2018 by  
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Hear from Steelcase Director of Design Bruce Smith about how to push limits, explore edges, and prototype quickly, and the benefits of applying design thinking to developing sustainable systems.

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Partnership Forms to Recycle Waste in the Antarctic

August 10, 2017 by  
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If recycling seems difficult to you, just think about what it’s like in other parts of the world — like ones at the end of the earth. In 1962, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) began to participate in regulating developments at “the bottom” of the…

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Why Europe is leading on climate-conscious business

January 12, 2017 by  
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In other countries, corporate sustainability is not about the bottom line as much as mutual responsibility for the future.

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