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So what’s the latest with the plastic planet?

By Jake Kirk • Friday 21st September 2018


With so much happening in the world of eco-friendly change, it’s quite easy to fall behind and miss out on key information so we’ve decided to have a recap on recent events. We want to keep everyone up-to-date with the most interesting moments so far so let’s take a look at what’s been happening…

1) Bug’s life gone wrong…
Now even insects are eating plastics! A new study found that microplastics have been found everywhere from Arctic sea ice to German farmland, it has revealed that these tiny pollutants could even have entered the skies. Mosquitos have been eating microplastics, raising fear of pollution harming birds and bats…

2) Goodbye garbage patch
The gigantic plastic clean-up operation is well and truly underway as The Ocean Cleanup has begun to try and reduce the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The 2,000 foot long ‘Pac-Man’ design is estimated to help halve the plastic waste across the problematic stretch of water.

3) Ready, steady, go!
Single-use plastic bottles were banned from the half marathon in London this month. The capital’s first plastic-free running event saw runners being able to rehydrate themselves at water stations with biodegradable sachets made from a seaweed-based membrane.

4) It takes two to tango!
Everyone needs to do their bit, something our beloved Strictly Come Dancing has realised as they have now banned plastic glitter in a bid to go more eco-friendly. The ballroom is now minimising its environmental harm whilst still maximising its glitz and glamour with its new eco-friendly liquid glitter. 

5) Cheers!
With baby turtles getting stuck in plastic packing rings and growing around them, there has been a need for a viable alternative for brewery companies. Instead of harming turtles and other sea life, Carlsberg are set to replace their plastic rings with recyclable glue. The Danish Brewer says it will reduce plastic waste by up to 76%!

Jake Kirk

Jake Kirk

21st September • 2018