Real change will require input from big corporations that can use their scale in the fight to combat marine pollution. Samsung Electronics, a major corporate driver of sustainable technology, is steering the conversation toward better solutions for recovered fishing nets. According to the company’s proprietary research, by the end of 2022, their use of recycled ocean-bound material could prevent more than 50 tons of discarded fishing nets from entering the world’s oceans. Based on the concept of “purposeful innovation”, it is repurposing these ocean-bound plastics for use in its technologies.
The alternative has unfathomable consequences. Currently, only 10% of plastic is recycled worldwide; the rest ends up in landfills and the oceans, with 290,000 tons floating on the ocean’s surface. There are also estimated to be 5.25 trillion pieces of macro and microplastics in the oceans, taking millennia to decompose, and are found in one-third of fish caught for human consumption.
And with plastics killing approximately 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals every year, big solutions are needed.