José María Figuares, Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commision and former president of Costa Rica, donned a suit and sunglasses made from plastic waste. The environmental leader chose Waste2Wear outfit and sunglasses to bring the awareness to the harmful effects of plastics in the ocean and highlight innovative uses of plastic waste.
Photo: courtesy of Global Ocean Commission
Marine debris, particularly plastics, are a major source of ocean pollution and pose a serious threat to marine ecosystems. In 2010 alone, it is estimated that eight million tons of plastic trash entered the ocean from coastal countries. With plastic production and usage increasing rapidly, this number is on target to increase tenfold within the next decade. If unchecked by 2025, some estimate that there could be as much as 1kg of plastic for every 3kg of fish in the ocean.
‘Plastic suits and sunglasses will not solve the plastic waste crisis we are facing, but are a good example of the innovative thinking and drive needed to combat this problem’ said Jose Maria.
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