This day is a moment to pay even more attention to the problem of ocean pollution. To create more awareness to the fact that every individual needs to take care of their own waste and dispose it properly everyday! We are responsible for ensuring that plastic never ends up in the ocean.
Are you aware of the fact that 90% of all ocean plastic is carried there by just 10 rivers! Most of the plastic trash in the oceans flows from land, carried to sea by these mayor rivers which act as conveyer belts picking up more and more trash as they move downstream. Once in the ocean, it is difficult—if not impossible—to retrieve plastic waste.
333.000 metric tons of plastic are carried to the oceans by the Yangtze every year, and this amount is increasing due to mounting population growth and China’s rapid economic development which also led to a shift in consumer lifestyles, with more people consuming products made with or packaged with plastic.
The Yangtze River is 6,397 km long. It is the longest river in Asia and the third longest river in the world. It runs across central China from Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in the west to East China Sea in the east and it ends in the Chongming district.
The Chongming District has set itself the objective to create a waste management and waste sorting system that is referential and reproducible in Shanghai and China.
After the slow-down caused by COVID-19 the Chongming District is picking up it’s operation around waste management and has divided the area in 15 different sites that will be locally organized. Waste2Wear is collaborating with these centers, re-collecting the plastic waste to transform it into a valuable resource for new textile developments.
The solution is to prevent plastic waste from entering rivers and seas in the first place. This can be accomplished with improved waste management systems, recycling innovations that ensure the value of resources, better product design and reduction in manufacturing of unnecessary single-use plastics. With our Ocean Plastic Program, creating transparent value chains from plastic waste bottles to creative textiles and new products, we are committed to take part in preserving the oceans. Do you want to partner with us or are you interested in our ocean fabric qualities? Then get in contact!