For the week of 7 November 2016
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
Join us Tuesday, November 15 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Microfibers: The Next Frontier of Plastic Pollution and the Search for a Solution, presented by Elissa Loughman (Patagonia), Bess Ruff (UCSB Bren School) and, Angela Howe (Surfrider Foundation).
Scientists are still beginning to understand the effects of plastic pollution on marine life who suffer injury and death through entanglement and ingestion of the synthetic material. Now we’ve discovered that there is a new microscopic form of plastic pollution entering our waterways from the washing of clothing that includes nylon, acrylic, and PET materials. The agitation and centrifuging occurring during the wash cycle releases micro- and nano plastic fibers into the wastewater stream that end up in sewers, rivers, and the ocean. This webinar will explore the cutting-edge science investigating microfibers from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management informing us about the nature and threat of microfibers. In addition, an industry perspective on this new development will be presented addressing possible responses and solutions to the problem.
For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar108.
Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team