OUR FOUR AREAS OF PLANNED STUDY

DEGRADATION

Everything is degradable with time, but Okeanos is interested in studying the actual amount of time required for an item to fully degrade. Specifically, we are continuously evaluating the degradation of our products in relation to conventional plastic products and its effect on water quality.

LEACHING

Research has shown that some degrading plastics leach chemicals that are likely toxic into our waterways, threatening the health of ocean environments and ultimately, humans. Okeanos will continue to examine which specific types of packaging contain plastic that leaches into aquatic environments and the potential impacts of these chemicals on marine life and plants.

Biological Uptake

BIOLOGICAL
UPTAKE

Studying the absorption of microplastics that may be toxic to marine life is pertinent to understanding the long-term effects it may have on our ocean’s ecosystem. We continue to look at the potential for absorption by different organisms.

FALSE
SATIATION

False satiation happens when organisms are fooled into a false sense of “fullness” from ingesting tiny microplastics which become infused with the food they are actually meant to consume, like zooplankton. As a result, the organism fails to derive nutritional value from its food, and stops eating normally because their feedback mechanisms incorrectly tell them they are full. In effect, they end up starving themselves of nutrient-rich foods.

False Satiation

OUR FOUR AREAS OF PLANNED STUDY

Degradation

DEGRADATION

Everything degrades with time, but Okeanos is interested in studying the actual amount of time required for an item to fully degrade. Specifically, we are continuously evaluating the degradation of our products in relation to conventional plastic products and its effect on water quality.

Leaching

LEACHING

Research has shown that some degrading plastics leach chemicals that are likely toxic into our waterways, threatening the health of ocean environments and ultimately, humans. Okeanos will continue to examine which specific types of packaging contain plastic that leaches into aquatic environments and the potential impacts of these chemicals on marine life and plants.

BIOLOGICAL UPTAKE

Studying the absorption of microplastics that may be toxic to marine life is pertinent to understanding the long-term effects it may have on our ocean’s ecosystem. We continue to look at the potential for absorption by different organisms.

False Satiation

FALSE SATIATION

False satiation happens when organisms are fooled into a false sense of “fullness” from ingesting tiny microplastics which become infused with the food they are actually meant to consume, like zooplankton. As a result, the organism fails to derive nutritional value from its food, and stops eating normally because their feedback mechanisms incorrectly tell them they are full. In effect, they end up starving themselves of nutrient-rich foods.