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 Rae Strauss for being this weeks #PassOnPlastic hero of the week!

How much waste do you generate in a week? Rae is the founder of Zero Waste Week, an award-winning initiative raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste. Take part in this years' Zero Waste Week 2-6 September and find out more about this game-changing initiative here https://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk/  

1. Canada aims to ban single-use plastic products by 2021

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam packed with plastic bags?" 

At a press conference this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on SUP-products "where supported by scientific evidence and warranted." The ban will likely include plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks. 

Read up on this story here

PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL CHIASSON, THE CANADIA PRESS VIA AP
PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL CHIASSON, THE CANADIA PRESS VIA AP
CREDIT: DEREK ASKILL / ALAMY
CREDIT: DEREK ASKILL / ALAMY

2. Would you like plastic with that?

A new report has found that the average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, with nearly 90 per cent coming from water, both bottled and tap.

"We don’t want plastic in our oceans, and we don’t want it on our plates.” 

Read more on this story here

3. Sainsbury's trials new plastic vending machines that will PAY you to recycle

The trial - which is currently being piloted at its Lincoln superstore - will give customers 5p coupons to spend in branch – and you could make up to £25 per visit.

This comes a week after the supermarket giant announced that it would scrap plastic packaging for loose fruit and veg. 

Find out more about the trial here

Image: Universal Images Group Editorial
Image: Universal Images Group Editorial

Want to shop single-use plastic free but don't know where to start?

Well, Useless London have you sorted. Find a Zero Waste shop near you (London only for now) by simply checking out their interactive map and exploring all the goodness it has to offer! Check out the site for cool hints and tips to #PassOnPlastic https://useless.london/