The (IUCN) defines a protected area as a clearly defined geographical space, recognized, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.
As Designers, we have a responsibility towards the Planet. It us our responsibility to find creative solutions that use nature based solutions and circularity to protect and nurture the ethos of our existence.
According to a report jointly produced by FAO and UNEP, fishing nets abandoned at sea remain in the marine ecosystem for hundreds of years, and can result in the accidental capture of dolphins, turtles and other marine animals, which can die trapped in the mesh. Known as ghost fishing nets, experts have estimated that there are roughly 640 000 tonnes of these nets currently in our ocean, accounting for 10 percent of the total plastic waste in the sea.
Abandoned fishing nets are being transformed into accessories, demonstrating how innovation can contribute to environmental, economic and social sustainability
Thanks to a wide array of pioneering and collaborative efforts, significant volumes of abandoned fishing nets have been given a second life, while at the same time plastic waste in our oceans has been reduced.
Engage coastal communities to collect abandoned nets, divers are also instrumental in collecting discarded nets. Once collected, hand them over to the design laboratory where they can be repurposed and given new life
Microplastics are small plastic particles measuring between a few microns and several millimeters in size. The term includes plastic pellets or beads that are manufactured to be of a small size, and microplastics that are formed following the fragmentation of larger plastic items, such as plastic bags, bottles or polystyrene sheets. Microplastics may enter the marine environment directly via rivers and sewage outflows, or be formed at sea. In the marine environment they may persist for hundreds or thousands of years due to the slow rate at which they breakdown. Microplastics are a cause for widespread environmental and economic concern. Their small size makes them easily ingested by a wide range or marine organisms, including fish and large zooplankton.
Textile microfibres are major contributors to marine pollution because they are readily shed from clothes during general wear and tear and laundering, and drift through the air or wash down drains into waterways. A single machine wash of polyester clothing, for example, releases half a million textile microfibres.
To reimagine an alternative to plastics. Algae and kelp provide natural and multiple solutions. Kelp’s possibilities to impact the food system extend beyond the dinner plate. It is already being used as a fertilizer and to make biodegradable food service items like compostable straws — and it has potential as a sustainable ingredient in animal and fish feed.
Farmed kelp can be collected and processed in a Bio Factory to produce, textile, food and even packaging
The World Bank estimates that 17 to 20 percent of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and finishing treatment given to fabric. ... Other harmful chemicals present in the water may be formaldehyde based dye fixing agents, hydro carbon based softeners and non bio degradable dyeing chemicals.
The textile dyeing and finishing industry has created a huge pollution problem as it is one of the most chemically intensive industries on earth, and the No. 1 polluter of clean water (after agriculture). More than 3600 individual textile dyes are being manufactured by the Industry today. The industry is using more than 8000 chemicals in various processes of textile manufacture including dyeing and printing.
Many of these chemicals are poisonous and damaging to human health directly or indirectly.
Large quantities of water are required for textile processing, dyeing and printing.
The use of Nature based solutions and ancient indigenous techniques such as the 'art of floating inks' s a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The patterns are the result of color floating on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric.
The water is contained in a trough which remedies water wastage and the natural inks prevent water pollution from chemicals.
An invasive species is an organism that is not indigenous, or native, to a particular area. Invasive species can cause great economic and environmental harm to the new area.
To be invasive, a species must adapt to the new area easily. It must reproduce quickly. It must harm property, the economy, or the native plants and animals of the region.
Some invasive species do great harm to the economy. Water hyacinth is a plant native to South America that has become an invasive species in many parts of the world. People often introduce the plant, which grows in the water, because of its pretty flowers. But the plant spreads quickly, often choking out native wildlife. In Lake Victoria, Uganda, water hyacinth grew so thickly that boats could not get through it. Some ports were closed. Water hyacinth prevented sunlight from reaching underwater. Plants and algae could not grow, preventing fish from feeding and reproducing.
Collect the invasive plant. Send it to a paper factory where it is processed to make into paper which will be reintroduced back into the economy. This protects the ecosystem of life of that region and ensures a circular economy