Drastic Plastic: What we learned about plastic pollution and Hawaii at the sixth International Marine Debris Conference 

~Rob Parsons

It is absolutely undeniable that plastic pollution is an issue.  A very present and very scary issue that is inserting itself into every single aspect of our lives.

These are just a few of the applications in which we find plastics inserting themselves into our lives:

  • Lightweight Styrofoam packaging, rigid polyvinyl chloride pipes, polyethylene water bottles, high-density polyethylene laundry and milk bottles, nylon ropes and nets
  • Food packaging, beverage bottles, produce and ZipLoc bags, Tupperware and polystyrene foam containers for our take-out or coffee cups
  • Cosmetics, toothpaste
  • Straws, plastic bags
  • Clothing

"Plastics production is slated to increase by some 40 percent, up to 500 million tons by 2025 and 600mt by 2030."

"It’s estimated that 80 percent of all marine debris is some form of plastic."

We are finding large plastics, micro-plastics, and plastic micro-fibers everywhere.  We find them on our beaches, in our tap water, in our drinking water, in our fish, in our animals, even in the blood that flows through our own bodies.  

During the 6th International Marine Debris Conference more than 30 marine debris experts, scientists, and eco warriors from Hawaii joined over 700 advocates from 50 countries to discuss DRASTIC PLASTIC.  


MauiTime Drastic Plastic Issue featuring Manakai Swimwear


With Maui as one of the leaders in advocacy and change, Manakai Swimwear continues to be a driving force in the ethical and sustainable fashion realm.  Read more about global and local efforts to REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE as we battle drastic plastic in Maui, Hawaii, and around the world.


Hawaii Representatives at the 6th International Marine Debris Conference

Hawaii's IMDC representatives. Mahalo to article author Rob Parsons (pictured 6th from the left, top row).  Also pictured: Jack Johnson, Cheryl King (Sharkastics), Lauren Blickley (Swell Consulting), Kahi Pacarro (Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii)

May 04, 2018 — Anna Lieding

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