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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Engineers and Product Designers Can Help Keep Plastic Out of the Ocean
    The plastics waste crisis isn’t getting any better. Engineers can help by changing how they design plastic products.
    http://www.designnews.com/materials-assembly/how-engineers-and-product-designers-can-help-keep-plastic-out-ocean/163088289545506?cid=nl.x.dn14.edt.aud.dn.20161117.tst004c

    The plastics waste crisis isn’t getting better. Last spring, we reported that in 2025 fish in the ocean will outweigh plastic by only three to one, and by 2050 plastic will outweigh fish entirely if something doesn’t change. Since then, studies have found microplastics ingested by deep-sea animals at 6,000 feet below sea level, microbeads in seafood we’re eating, and over 700,000 microscopic plastic fibers released with a single load of clothes washed.

    So what can engineers do about this? How about reducing plastic waste by changing the way they design plastic products?

    The Plasticity Forum organization takes the view that plastics pollution may be a major problem and a major challenge, but it also represents an opportunity to come up with new solutions for product design that can be used across many different industries, as well as new, more eco-friendly materials.

    For example, France recently banned the sale of disposable, single-use plastic cups and plates starting in 2020, unless they are made of 50% biologically sourced materials that can be composted in a home composting unit. That’s going to require a lot of new materials, and maybe a lot more composting units. The action followed a country-wide ban in July on single-use plastic bags, which the French government estimates at 17 billion per year.

    A big part of the solution can be product designers.

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