World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8) are the biggest, most widely celebrated days for environmental protection. With “beating plastic pollution” and “encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean” as the key themes for this year’s edition, the world is coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution.
As the world’s population is expanding every year (from 1.65 to 6 billion during the 20th century alone), so does the amount of garbage that people generate. Several studies have proven that the vast majority of garbage is plastic. According to National Geographic, a trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year, and they have an average working life of just 15 minutes (!).
Plastic pollution forms the greatest threat to ocean health worldwide. It is estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean each year from rivers (source: The Ocean Cleanup). The most common plastic items found on beaches in the UAE are (in no particular order) food wrappers, bottle caps, beverage bottles, (grocery) bags, straws and other plastic pieces. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) – an area in the Pacific Ocean, located between San Francisco and Hawaii – is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world, as reported by The Ocean Cleanup.
In a time where pollution has become a big issue, sea levels are rising, coastlines are increasing and ports are expanding due to increasing seaborne trade, the industry needs pioneers with innovative, alternative solutions to provide a balance between coastal development and environmental protection. We have dedicated ourselves to this mission for the past 10 years, and will continue to lead an innovation culture by continuously setting new standards in sustainable marine solutions.
Our work with The Ocean Cleanup is tackling the issue of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic. However, plastic is not the only issue. We also need to consider silt, sediment, pollutants and other debris that enter our waterways through construction, development and everyday living. We recently expanded our product portfolio to include Ecobarrier Bubble Curtains, as a solution to marine pollution.
The Bubble Curtains create a subsurface water column barrier that is effective in controlling the movement of floating and subsurface debris, such as plastic, rubbish, silt and sediment, and attenuating shock wave impact from blasting or pile driving to protect marine life. They are suitable for long-term use in marinas, ports, canals and offshore environments. Installation is easy, with low running costs (energy efficient) and maintenance is kept to a minimum. More information can be found here.
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