Last Tuesday, June 5th, was the United Nations World Environment Day, which this year focussed on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Coincidentally on June 8th, it was also World Oceans Day.
Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. Some estimates suggest this plastic could remain in marine environments for 450 years or longer, and the problem is only getting worse. Addressing a challenge of this magnitude requires an unprecedented approach.