As you may have seen on our Instagram story, each Friday we provide you with the essential plastic news from the week. We're pleased to be bringing this weekly series to the Sky Ocean Rescue website too! See below for our first ever weekly news round-up.
#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week
We'd like to congratulate Wildlife Gadget Man for being the #PassOnPlastic Hero of the week!
Jason Alexander (a.k.a. Wildlife Gadget Man) has spent the last 15 years designing award winning wildlife camera systems as well as sharing his wildlife adventures via his blog wildlifegadgetman.com.In 2014, Jason set himself the challenge to photograph 100 sunrises within a year. Throughout this time, whilst enjoying it, something bugged Jason - the huge amounts of litter he saw! To try an combat the issue, he began to do regular beach cleans, river cleans and street cleans, inspiring others to start cleaning too. Last year, Jason launched a beach clean marathon and now hosts a beach clean every week. Since beginning on this inspiring journey, he has been able to clear over 100,000 cigarette butts from our beaches, rivers and streets. Keep up the amazing work Wildlife Gadget man!
1. Costa Rica aims to become the world's first plastic and carbon-free country by 2021
Costa Rica has been leading the pack since 2017, when in the spirit of World Environment Day, it first announced it would eliminate single-use plastics and launched their own strategy to replace plastics with sustainable alternatives. If completed in time, this pledge will make Costa Rica the world's first country to be both single-use plastic and carbon free.
2. Plastic bottles overtake plastic bags as most common item found in waterways
It has been announced that plastic bottles are the most common form of plastic pollution in European waterways, making 14% of visible little in our seas, with crisp packets and cigarette buds coming in close second and third. All of which are causing harm and problems to marine life near and far. Currently, 80% of plastic in the ocean flows from rivers confirming the belief that cutting out single-use plastic products remains the best way to fight plastic pollution. The positive takeaway from this is that we as consumers have learnt to pass on the plastic bags, making them only 1% of plastic rubbish in freshwater in Europe.
3. American Express to introduce credit card made from ocean plastic
Last year, in cooperation with Parley for the Oceans, American Express announce it's plans to develop the first credit card made from ocean plastics. AmEx believe that the card will help to combat plastic pollution whilst also raising awareness for the issue. Excluding credit cards made from metal, this will be the first effort to create a card from an alternative to virgin plastic.
Continuing their partnership with Parley will see American Express working towards reducing/ eliminating their own single-use plastic use in their business and additionally, their airport lounges.
For more information on the ocean plastic credit card, read this article.