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Second African Marine Litter Summit

Marine debris is an international concern not only because it washes up on beaches and shorelines worldwide, but also because debris can be transferred from one country to another via ocean currents. International cooperation is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to decrease the amount of debris in oceans around the globe.

The 2nd African Marine Debris Summit, which took place in Cape Town from 3 – 5 June 2015, once again highlighted that most of the litter that reaches our marine environment originates from our actions on land. Read more and download presentations by experts in the field. This Summit has now also led to the recent launch of the African Marine Waste Network.

The first African Summit on Marine Debris took place during World Environmental Week and on World Ocean Day, 6 – 8 June 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Recycling Bins address problem of discarded fishing line

By increasing public awareness about the negative impacts that fishing line debris has on marine life, water quality, and human welfare, the project has as its goal to reduce the amount of fishing line entering and remaining in the marine environment.

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Adidas Sneakers address marine litter

Sportswear brand Adidas has launched a prototype shoe with an upper made entirely from yarns and filaments produced using plastic salvaged from the ocean (+ slideshow).

British designer Alexander Taylor's running shoe for Adidas was unveiled during an event last week for Parley for the Oceans – an initiative that encourages creatives to repurpose ocean waste and raise awareness of the growing environmental issue.

Interesting links:

Plastic Marine Debris: What We Know

http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/plastic.html

http://www.marinelittersolutions.com/our-objectives/raising-awareness/coastal-cleanups.aspx

http://letsdoitworld.org/

www.recyclingday-SA.co.za