publication . Article . 2017

Challenges to Plastic Up-Cycling in Small Island Communities: A Palauan Tale

Starkey, Lark;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2017
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Mexico
Plastics in the marine environment are a growing environmental threat with mounting research on impacts, sources and management strategies. Small island communities are subject to greater threats because of dual inputs of marine plastics via ocean currents and locally used plastics, with a heavy reliance on imported packaged goods. The resulting plastic buildup on islands is often combined with a lack of infrastructure and remoteness, leaving few options for management. However, a number of existing technologies and companies are built upon reusing plastic waste as a resource to create a product of greater value, a concept commonly known as “up-cycling.” Utilizi...
free text keywords: Life Sciences, Marine debris, plastic pollution, marine plastics, plastic buildup, island communities, plastics management, plastic recycling, plastic up-cycling, The Republic of Palau, island waste, ocean current plastics, interview based research
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