Ocean plastics: £1m global competition launched to find alternatives to single-use items

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A £1m competition has been launched to find ways to save the oceans from plastic pollution.

Sky and National Geographic have joined forces by backing a search for proposals that “accelerate and scale up ideas”, organisers said.

Entrants are being challenged to focus on designing alternatives to single-use plastics, identifying ways industry can tackle plastic waste through supply chains and communicating the problem through data visualisation.

The prize for the best suggestions in The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge is a share of $1.5m (£1.16m) in awards and investment.

The deadline for entries is 11 June, with the winners being announced in December.

Frederic Michel, group director of impact and Sky Ocean Ventures, said the impact of plastics is enormous.

“In the last 60 seconds, another rubbish truck of plastic litter will have been dumped into our oceans, destroying the environment and killing wildlife.

“Sky and National Geographic have the very unique opportunity and resources to help reverse the damage that is being done and help accelerate and scale up ideas,” he said.

Dr Jonathan Baillie, National Geographic Society executive vice president and chief scientist, called it “a tremendous opportunity to create a global community of problem solvers… who are passionate about bringing their ideas to life in order to stem the tide of plastic pollution.

“National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures are excited to work with competition winners to help create new technologies, business models and other solutions that will bring us one step closer to achieving a planet in balance.”

:: Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign encourages people to reduce their single-use plastics. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved at www.skyoceanrescue.com.

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