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. There's no #PassOnPlastic Hero this week as we'll be featuring some of the exciting work we've been doing with our partner WWF! Read below to find out more...
1. Plastic food packaging is the most common beach trash
With the food packaging industry estimated to become a £300 billion market, there's no surprise that this packaging is the primary litter on our beaches. Alongside this, plastic cutlery has also become a major culprit.
The clean up that supports the retrieval of this data attracted more that a million people, collecting over 23 million pounds of rubbish across 120 nations.
On September 21st, you can get involved in the clean up this year. Click here to find out more.
Or read the article on packaging pollution here.
2. Seagrass could help tackle climate change
Seagrass is a plant that grows in meadows under the sea and they can store carbon 35 times faster than tropical rainforests. That's why we've partnered with WWF and Swansea University to help replant and restore the 92% of meadows that the UK have lost. The aim of our pilot is to collect one million seeds to be regrown in labs in preparation of their replanting later this year, hopefully restoring over two hectares of meadows in Wales. Next week we're also launching a report to spread awareness of the the ineffectual nature of designating Marine Protected Areas Without effective monitoring plans, hopefully driving EU members to commit to developing management plans for their existing Marine protected areas by 2023.
3. Welcome the plastic age
Research has found that plastic pollution is now being found in the fossil record, introducing the plastic age. Plastic has been found in multiple layers of the Californian coast, correlating with the increase in plastic use since the 1950's.
Most of the plastics being found have come from synthetic fibres, indicating that they're flowing into the ocean via waste water. "We all learn in school about the stone age, the bronze age and iron age - is this going to be known as the plastic age?" Jennifer Brandon asks.
4. Investment from Sky Ocean Ventures creates new jobs and enables expansion
QuanTech, a biotech company, have been enabled to process at pilot production scale and finalise their formulations due to the investment from Sky Ocean Ventures. The support will also create new jobs at the QuanTech labs and at the European Marine Sciences Centre.
"We are delighted by the support of Sky Ocean Ventures and Scottish Enterprise in enabling this early stage technology to move forward and to help create scientific jobs in rural Argyll and in Motherwell." Cait Murray-Green, CEO of Cuan Tech