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Microplastics & Marine debris

Microplastics is the ‘popular’ word for Marine debris or marine litter. This is, any man-made object that abandoned, disposed or discarted ends up in the marine environment. This can happen directly (littering) or indirectly via rivers, streams and storm drains. It is interesting to know that 80 of marine debris is originated from land-sources. Plastic bottles, cotton and ciggarrete buds, plastic bags, fishing nets, nurdels, single-use cups and cutlery, toothbrushes, lighters… The list is endless, and it’s as easy as heading to your closer beach and taking a look at the sand. All those elements will end up becoming microplastics.

Have you ever left a T-shirt on the washing line under the sun for too long? Did you notice a ‘line’ where the t-shirt was folded? That’s the effect of UV light. This same effect (sunlight) deteriorates plastic but does not desintegrate it. The plastic will crumble into milimetrical pieces named microplastics once they reach a size smaller than 5mm. Plastics from 5mm to 2,5cm are named mesoplastics and between 2,5cm and 1m their scientific name is macroplastics.

In Sailing vs Plastic, we’ll survey at least one beach per country to analise the amounts of marine debris, meso and microplastics and we’ll show you both the simple methodology and results. We’ll collect the smaller ones, bring them with us half way around the world and show that what’s happening it’s real and under our towels

Carbon footprint

Global warming also named climate change are directly related to what’s known as Gases of the Green House effect. Every fossil fuel we burn produces Carbon Dioxide (CO²), which is the most known of all gases that we polute our environment with, but what is not so known is that there’s other gases, such as Methane, that is 25 times more potent per kilogram than CO², or Nitrous Oxide (remember that movie?), that is 300 times more potent per kilo than CO². Yet CO² represents about 80%, Methane about 6% and Nitrous Oxide about 5% of all gases, if you do simple maths it’s easy to undestand that it’s not just our cars that contaminate the earth.

Indirect and direct carbon footprint refer to the calculation we do when we measure how much influence our actions take into the environment. Indirect referrs to everything that also involves the process. For example, in Sailing vs Plastic, measuring the indirect carbon footprint will involve calculating all emissions that happenned, for example, while bringing the food for the ocean crossing.

It is, therefore, a sensitive matter to calculate anyone’s or any project’s carbon footprint. We will implement a direct measurement as a symbolical way to stay awake, arise consciousness and bring a cleaner perspective towards it.

“Will it be cleaner to sail half way around the world for a year or to fly to the same destination in 30 hours? “

Carbon footprint Calculator

Here we leave you a tool to play around. Remember that Carbon footprint is a quite tricky trade to calculate, but this can give you an idea of how much of your daily life is bringing polluted gases to the environment. Also take a look at carbonfund’s advices to reduce your footprint.