In 2013, two students at Imperial College London had an idea. They would use natural materials to replace plastic packaging. Unlike many multi-billion dollar corporations, they succeeded in coming up with a product. It’s called Notpla, and it could just change disposable packaging forever.
A US-based plastics company has teamed up with a Bangkok surfboard company to produce surf and paddle boards made from discarded fishing nets – and are giving oceanfront villagers a new source of income along the way.
Oceans are filling up with whirlpools of discarded plastic refuse, some as big as Texas. And the plastic bag is being fingered as a key culprit. But thanks to worldwide efforts, the scourge of the ocean may be slowing.