Until the global population can keep microplastics out of the ocean, zNano will keep filtering – clearly, we need both. Researchers in the Sargasso Sea, a region of the North Atlantic Ocean, have found that the sargassum seaweed there is home now to not just hatching sea turtles and hundred of other marine species but also to piles of plastic pollution.
Human trash from countries bordering the Atlantic – from Africa’s west coast to the United States’ east coast – forms a swirling mass where resulting broken-down plastics become microplastics that “end up in the gills and stomachs of aquatic animals,” according to a CNN report following a visit to the Sea by journalists and environmental organization Greenpeace.
The Sargasso Sea, 1000 miles wide and 3,000 miles long – is far from any land mass and sees little human contact. Yet detritus from our lives ends up there. “Embedded in most of the sargassum are the easily visible pieces of trash: shampoo bottles, fishing gear, thick hard containers or thin soft bags amongst many other types of plastic…. But what is really jarring is when you dive down and look into the blue and realize you are surrounded by tiny glittering pieces of broken up plastic called microplastic.”
The world also needs larger-scale efforts to stop plastic from getting into the oceans. Re-using and recycling are a start, and eliminating single-use plastic is key.
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