Time to Clean Up Our Mess

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

Millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans every year; about a truckload every minute. Much of the now 100 million tons of bottles, bags, tires, synthetic clothing fibers and other plastic waste is already at the bottom of the ocean and cannot be easily retrieved. This threatens several species of animals. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. Plastic particles clog the airways of dolphins, which suffocate. Or they get caught in discarded "ghost nets". In addition, plastic waste is exposed to sunlight, which makes plastic brittle and in combination with the forces of the sea it breaks into tiny particles called micro- or nanoplastics. The particles enter the food chain and ultimately our bodies, where they enter our cells. This causes pollutants to accumulate in our organs, which can be the cause of cancer.

Only preventing further marine litter will not be enough; the oceans must be cleansed of their conglomeration of waste from decades of illegal plastic disposal. Currents in the North Pacific create garbage carpets that stretch for many kilometers. New technologies allow these accumulations of plastic that are floating on the surface of the sea to be collected with nets to be recycled. Our coal is to not only support the clean-up of the oceans, but to use the collected plastic waste for our production of clothing.

Unfortunately, even fewer governments feel responsible for the oceans than for their rivers and lakes inside their borders, since they belong to the global community and thus seem to be the problem of everyone and no one at the same time. Therefore, it is best for everyone to start with themselves. RoleModels supports the development of new technologies for cleaning the world's oceans with the sale of the design "Ocean Cleaning" and helps to finance the project "Ocean-Clean-Up".

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