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Plastic in Cosmetics

Plastic in Cosmetics – Are we polluting the Environment through our personal care? Plastic ingredients that contribute to marine microplastic litter This paper focuses on the emerging issue of plastic particles in personal care and cosmetic product (PCCP) formulations as a possible source of micro-sized plastic litter. Known as ‘microbeads’, when used in PCCPs, these microplastic ingredients are solid materials that …

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Biodegradable Plastics & Marine Litter

Biodegradable Plastics & Marine Litter – Misconceptions, concerns and impacts on marine environments This briefing paper provides a concise summary of some of the key issues surrounding the biodegradability of plastics in the oceans. It explores whether the adoption of biodegradable plastics will reduce the impact of marine plastics overall. The paper also addresses the lack of public knowledge about biodegradable …

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Single-Use Plastics

Single-Use Plastics – A Road Map for Sustainability  The benefits of plastic are undeniable. The material is cheap, lightweight and easy to make. These qualities have led to a boom in the production of plastic over the past century. This trend will continue as global plastic production skyrockets over the next 10 to 15 years. We are already unable to …

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Exploring the potential for adopting alternative materials to reduce marine plastic litter

Exploring the potential for adopting alternative materials to reduce marine plastic litter –> Download Report This report aims to provide representative examples of some of the many alternative materials that are either available commercially, or are in development. It is intended to encourage entrepreneurs, ‘startups’ and established businesses – as well as researchers in the fields of materials science, engineering, …

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Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastic

Plastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’. This study summarizes the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effect of marine plastics debris and microplastics.