Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
Transforming Trash
by Lily Kessinger
July 28, 2015
 
Transforming Trash
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Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer is a leading expert on ocean flotsam and jetsam and in the Scientists in the Field book Tracking Trash by Loree Griffin Burns, he says, “We can see the movement of trash by the great ocean currents and we can see the disintegration of trash over time…and we can learn from it.”

Last month adidas, in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, unveiled a new sneaker made from recycled plastics found in the ocean. The press release reads, “adidas created a world first with a shoe upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from ocean waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets. Parley partner Sea Shepherd retrieved these nets after a 110-day expedition tracking an illegal poaching vessel, which culminated off the coast of West Africa.”

Bringing awareness to ocean pollution and its effect on our environment can lead to innovative solutions that help us to better understand and protect the ocean.

To learn more about the collaboration between adidas and Parley for the Oceans, as well as see the recycled sneaker, visit here. And to learn more about ocean currents and how human trash is affecting the aquatic ecosystem, be sure to read Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motions by Loree Griffin Burns.

And don’t forget to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

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