Each Friday we provide you with the essential plastic news from the week. This week, we're pleased to be bringing you the latest updates from across the globe. Plus announcing this week's #PassOnPlastic hero!
#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week
Congratulations to Ella and Amy, AKA KidsvPlastic for being this weeks #PassOnPlastic hero of the week!
Ella and Amy Meek created their @Kidsagainstplastic campaign to collect 100,000 pieces of single use plastic – one for every sea mammal killed by waste plastic each year... and they're almost there! Great work girls, let us know when you reach your target!
1. You're eating plastic now
Study finds that people eat at least 50,000 pieces of micro plastic a year. With only a small number of food and drinks being analysed for plastic contamination, its assumed this number is much higher. Scientists also found that plastic water bottles aren't only bad for the ocean but the more of these your drink from, the higher your plastic particle consumption.
Some of these particles are small enough to penetrate human tissues and can release toxic substances. But this micro plastic pollution isn't only found in our bodies but also in the air, soil and rivers.
2. The world's first plastic-free commercial centre
Surfer Against Sewage have just awarded London's Canary Wharf the first commercial centre in the world to be plastic free. More than two million single-use plastic items have been removed from the area over the page 12 months. As well as this, 15 refill stations have also been installed to encourage visitors to #PassOnPlastic and use a reusable bottle instead of buying a single-use plastic one. Reverse vending machines and a smartphone have also been made available to encourage the public to recycle.
3. Waitrose introduces 'pick and mix' shopping trial
In trial to cut plastic packaging, Waitrose have introduced scheme where products such as wine, coffee and pasta will be sold either loose or in dispensers. Customers will be able to refill their own containers or 'borrow a box' from the branch. This idea is said to have the potential to save thousands of tonnes of plastic and packaging.
The trial is being run at the Botley Road store in Oxford.