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Podcast Dives into Impacts of Ocean Plastic

A Forbes podcast covers the fast-growing problem of plastics in our oceans and the evolution of some domestic solutions in the wake of China’s import ban.

Priyanka Bakaya, CEO and founder of Renewlogy and one of Waste360's 40 Under 40 award winners, joined Rob Kaplan, CEO and founder of Circulate Capital, and Forbes contributor Devin Thorpe in a discussion about the problem of ocean plastic.

In the podcast, Kaplan refers to ocean plastic as “one of the most urgent and fast-growing ecological and health challenges of our time.” And Bakaya pointed out that at current rates, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

Due to China’s ban on imported plastic for recycling, local opportunities to find domestic solutions are continuing to evolve.

Forbes has more details:

Okay, an impact investor, a social entrepreneur and a sea turtle didn’t literally walk into a bar, but the way their lives intersected is no joke.

Three years ago this week, a Texas A&M marine biologist, Christine Figgener, uploaded a video of her team removing a four-inch plastic straw from the nostril of a sea turtle. The evocative video immediately went viral and now has 32.6 million views on YouTube.

The video not only inspired the current activism around plastic straws that has me carrying around paper straws and a law banning plastic straws in Seattle, but it has people thinking about all single-use plastic more critically. That movement has provided a catalyst for impact investors and social entrepreneurs who have solutions to ocean plastic.

Read the full article here.

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