Everything we need to know about microplastic pollution right now
Sharing her wisdom here is Rachael Miller, Co-Founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean and Founder of Cora Ball, a consumer-based solution to microfiber pollution. Hear about how microplastic pollution came to be, how both microplastic fibers and fibers from natural textiles can both be problematic when washed down the drain, how we can adopt more preventive solutions to pollution and more.
[2:09] What first inspired Rachael's love for nature.
[4:54] What Rozalia Project does and how the nonprofit started focusing on microplastics.
[9:23] Rachael explains how our clothing and textiles break apart and shed microfibers.
[11:42] Why our clothing made from natural fibers (and not just synthetics) can also be problematic.
[15:47] Rachael talks about how her team designed Cora Ball through biomimicry. [20:47] How to clean the microplastics off of the Cora Ball.
[23:52] Kaméa: "What's been your biggest challenge raising awareness for microplastic pollution?"
[25:16] Rachael: "Everyone who wears and washes clothes is part of this problem... And everyone who wears and washes clothes can be a part of this solution."
[27:41] Rachael: "Unlike microbeads, there is no one solution here."
[29:41] Kaméa: "How do you think we can move towards a more preventive system?"
Rachael Miller is the co-founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean and the founder and CEO of Cora Ball, a consumer-based solution to microfiber pollution. She holds a USCG 50 ton Master’s license, captains the 60’ sailing research vessel, American Promise, trains remotely operated vehicle pilots for VideoRay, and is a member of the US Sailing Training Committee.
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Note to self: "Lots of littles make a big."
Health practice: "I am working on recovering from a knee injury from skiing."
Sustainability practice: "I make sure that when I buy something, it's durable, as sustainable as possible, and somehow beautiful and/or fun to use."
Element of hope: "I think there's some momentum going on!"
Closing words: "Remember that lots of little efforts make a big effort. Your effort does matter when it's matched up with what everyone else is doing."
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