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François Van den Abeele, CEO of Sea2see will participate at CONAMA 2016 at a round table called “Entrepreneurs and value: how to give another use to ocean trash”, it will be moderated by Ignasi Mateo from the Waste Agency of Catalonia.
As we all know, the planet’s resources are not infinite. And, as we become more aware of the damage we are creating to the environment, there’s a new model arising, one that is based on the inter-relation between sustainability and the economy. The goal of this new model is that products remain usable for the longest possible time, reducing waste generation to minimum levels.
The Ocean Cleanup, a foundation based in The Netherlands that is dedicated to developing advanced technology to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and has presented today the first results from their air expedition over the Great Pacific garbage patch, the plastic debris accumulation area located between Hawaii and California.
By the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We only need to read this first line to understand what the future will be like for the sea. This true scandal was the alarm that called the attention of François van den Abeele, entrepreneur and sea lover, who decided to bet on a new circular economy project that can put an end to this issue.
The growing pollution in our oceans is not just news, it’s a growing reality in our planet. While it’s true that environmental awareness is expanding every day, actions and not words are the only thing capable of leading us to change. This was the thinking of François van den Abeele when he created Sea2See, a project focused on manufacturing sunglasses made of 100% recycled plastic, debris and fishing nets recovered from the ocean.
At Sea2See, we have prepared a short list of simple habits that we can all practice daily. Every drop, every grain of sand, absolutely counts. The sum of many small efforts is the factor that can produce real change.
It’s been said that by 2050 oceans will have more plastic than fish and marine wildlife. Discarded fishing nets represent over 10% of all plastic marine pollution, and they are one of the main causes of ocean contamination and deaths.