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!

Congratulations to this week's #PassOnPlastic Hero, Fionn Ferreira! The 18-year-old was recently named the winner of the 2018-2019 Google Science Fair for creating a magnetic liquid that removes microplastics from water. To find out more about Fionn's amazing work, click here

1. Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for the first time

Dutch scientists have created a floating device that moves along the surface of the ocean, collecting rubbish. The device has now successfully picked up plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France.

Once fully developed, it is thought that the project will help collect half of the debris in the patch in five years. This plastic will then be recycled and sold to help cover the operational costs of the cleanup. 

To find out more, click here

The boom skims up waste ranging in size from a discarded net and a car wheel to tiny chips of plastic.
The boom skims up waste ranging in size from a discarded net and a car wheel to tiny chips of plastic.

2. Island reveals rising tide of plastic waste

Scientist have been conducting studies on a remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean to investigate trends in debris. The most common type of plastic found on the island was drinking bottles with the volume increasing by almost 15% each year. 

The team were able to learn a lot about the source of the bottles by just looking at the manufacturer's marks and the date stamps.

Click here to find out more about the study

3. Girls and young women call for UK to reduce single-use plastic

Girlguiding have launched a climate campaign that encourages young people to make meaningful changes in their life, from using a reusable bottle to cutting out cling film.

Around half a million children and volunteers have already got involved and chosen their #PlasticPromise. If you would like to make your #PlasticPromise, click here.