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Catch Plastics Programme

Catch Plastics© aims to protect our oceans by ensuring businesses use best practices enabling pellet containment at the source.

Catch Plastics offers manufacturing sites globally the chance to be ocean certified.

 

Allow the Catch Plastics team to put into place easy steps to ensure a leak free plastic processing environment. Visit the Catch Plastics Website here

Companies are audited, reviewed and accredited by a team of trained experts. Business can become Ocean Certified© by the Earth Champions Foundation once they pass their final audit.

What are microplastics?

• Primary microplastics are manufactured as microbeads, capsules, fibers or pellets.

• Examples include microbeads used in cosmetics and personal care products, industrial scrubbers used for abrasive blast cleaning, microfibers used in textiles, and virgin resin pellets used in plastic manufacturing processes.

• Secondary microplastics are the result of larger pieces of plastic breaking down into smaller pieces.

Why are they a problem in our Oceans?

Microplastics have been found in the stomachs of many marine organisms from plankton species to whales. Chemical additives can leach out of microplastics into the ocean; conversely, contaminants from the water may adhere to microplastics. 

Once plastics enter our oceans they break down and it becomes extremely difficult to remove them. These small plastic pieces and pellets look like food to many marine species who ingest them and can starve to death. 

Plastic pellets amongst ocean debris

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