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by Lauren Ferrucci

We’ve all seen pictures of sea life caught in six pack rings, and plastic bags washed up on shore.  Not only is it heartbreaking, but it pollutes our environment and is a waste of materials. Have you ever wished that something could be done?

Debris collected from beaches along Tern Island in the French Frigate Shoals.


In fact, company Ecover has stepped up to the plate. Ecover is a Belgium-based manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.  It is partnering with Closed Loop Recycling to turn plastics collected from the ocean into recyclable plastic bottles for cleaning supplies! The new recycled plastic is expected to be sold in 2014.

This is a part of the Waste Free Oceans program which is working to minimize liter floating along Europe’s coastline and encourage recycling. Waste Free Oceans will be providing boats with trawls capable of collecting anywhere from 2 to 8 metric tons of waste per crawl!

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