The BBC has announced that it plans to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after the television series Blue Planet II highlighted the devastation wrought by plastic pollution in the seas.
Throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped at BBC sites by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by 2019.
The Scottish Parliament has also announced that it plans to ban plastic straws, following similar announcements by restaurants including Pizza Express, Wagamama and JD Wetherspoon.
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Greenpeace has launched a petition to persuade supermarkets to follow retailer Iceland’s lead and get rid of plastic packaging. By dispensing with plastic packaging, supermarkets can set an example of how to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic produced, according to the environmental NGO.
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Ecover, a manufacturer of household cleaning products, has launched a washing-up-liquid bottle made with 50% plastic waste that has washed up on and been collected from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. The remaining 50% is recycled plastic. Continue reading
Environment Minister Michael Gove has just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle deposit scheme in England. The news follows the delivery of a bottle deposit petition, an initiative of Surfers Against Sewage, to 10 Downing Street. The petition attracted 250,000 signatures, calling on the minister to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. Continue reading
BRAG members turned out in force for the Brentford Festival in Blondin Park on 3 September. The BRAG stand was devoted to plastic waste pollution, with display boards (see below) showing the devastating effects of waste plastic, especially in the oceans, rivers and seas, and how it affects wildlife.
The groundbreaking documentary A Plastic Ocean will be shown at the One Over the Ait pub at Kew Bridge this Sunday, 10 September, from 3pm to 4.45pm. Places are limited; to secure your place, register for the screening here.
The screening is part of the Plastic Ocean Festival, which has been showcasing a series of events from April to September 2017 in London incorporating film screenings of A Plastic Ocean, marine and riverine clean-ups, stand up paddleboarding, and educational talks by scientists and the team. Continue reading
Avani, a company in the Philippines, has developed an alternative to plastic bags that is truly biodegradable – and safe for animals to eat. Called Eco-Bags, the bags are made with cassava root mixed with vegetable oil, and are compostable and biodegradable. They can also be dissolved in less than 150 days when discarded in water. Avani aims to create a range of other eco-friendly products normally made with plastic, including takeout containers, disposable cups and plates.
For more information, see http://www.avanieco.com/product/eco-bags
Coca-Cola has come out in support of deposit return systems for drinks bottles in the UK, in a U-turn on its previous position.
What’s more, earlier this week the CEO of Suez, one of the UK’s largest waste collection and recycling companies, also added his support, going on record to say how deposit return systems can benefit communities, the economy and the environment.
Surfers against Sewage welcomed the news, and asked people to spread the word by forwarding the link to its petition Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
Surfers against Sewage is calling on supporters to sign its petition to stop marine plastic pollution by introducing a small, refundable deposit on all plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans to recycle the 16 million plastic bottles thrown away every day.
The UK government is finalising a plan to tackle Britain’s litter problem but is wavering about a bottle deposit scheme, where 10p would be added to the price of a drink and refunded if you bring the bottle back.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a campaign, called Message in a Bottle, to encourage the introduction of deposit-return systems for single-use plastic bottles in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The campaign aims to educate the public, and via a survey and social media actions, show public support for the system, under which a small deposit of between 10–20p would be added to the purchase price of drinks containers.
Consumers would be provided with opportunities to easily reclaim their deposit when they dispose of the product at collection points. Continue reading