Israeli technologies tackling plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is everywhere. It’s in our oceans, in the forest, it’s in our food cycle
and it’s in the bellies of birds and whales. But there is hope. Let’s take a look at 6 technologies used here in Israel
to tackle the global plastic pollution problem. It looks, feels, and sounds like plastic
but its not regular plastic. The Israeli startup Tipa has developed
a hundred percent compostable packaging. Like this one. Today every piece of plastic that we use actually lasts for ever. We don’t know if it’s 500 years or a 1000 years
those are the numbers. The inspiration came from nature, to create a package
that is like, in a sense like an orange peel. A package that will decompose and biodegrade
within 6 months or so and in that way to solve the plastic problem of the world. UBQ has developed the only solution to convert
all kinds of unsorted household waste: from dirty diapers to dinner leftovers
to mixed plastics and cardboards into a renewable material from which you can
manufacture all kinds of everyday goods. Birds, dolphins, whales die consuming our plastic waste
but some organisms can actually breakdown plastic. Researchers at Ben Gurion University are developing
proteins and bacteria that can breakdown plastic and produce green energy in the process. Holy Turtle! Well, that’s the name of a giant, 1000-foot contraption
created by Sodastream to capture and collect floating trash in our oceans. The RDF plant in central Israel turns garbage into green energy. The plant sorts all kinds of waste
recycling and composting some of it and burning the rest in a process that’s far cleaner
than burning fossil fuels. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic pollution. Researchers at Braude College of Engineering and Haifa University
are working with the European GoJelly project to use Jellyfish mucus as a a way to
filter plastic pollution in our oceans. The question is how we reduce
micro plastics in the ocean? By using mucus from jellyfish which has properties
that allows us to collect and concentrate the micro plastics that are being emitted by sewage treatment plants thereby reducing what goes out to the environment
and ultimately to the ocean. In addition to technology,
we need new policies, clean-up efforts and ultimately, to change our consumption habits
to solve our global plastic epidemic. If you care, share.

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