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
A huge congratulations to Charlie for being the #PassOnPlastic Hero of the week!
Aged 5, Charlie overheard a conversation about plastic's negative effects on the ocean and wanted to make a difference; 2 years on he has completed 47 beach cleans! Keep up the amazing work Charlie!
1. Nearly all countries agree to stop the flow of plastic waste into poor nations
Following a deal announced by the United Nations, nearly all countries have agreed to stop sending hard-to-recycle plastics to developing countries without their permission.
Since China began refusing waste from the US we have seen other surrounding areas piling up with plastic and quickly becoming dumpsites. Areas include local villages in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
2. Plastic pollution harms bacteria that produce 10 per cent of oxygen we breathe
It has been found that chemicals from plastic interfere with the growth of an essential bacteria to the marine food web - Prochloroccus. These tiny microorganisms are thought to be responsible for up to 10 per cent of the total global oxygen production, meaning they help produce the air you breathe after every 10th breath.
Each year, plastic pollution creates more than £10 billion worth of damage to our oceans. If Prochloroccus continues to decrease, the whole marine food web can be impacted, leading to an overall decrease in marine life.
3. new roof design for Notre-Dame could consist of panels made from recycled ocean plastic
Design firm Studio Drift has proposed its own ideas in aid of restoring the Notre-Dame that was tragically damaged by a fire earlier last month.They suggest recreating the roof of the iconic cathedral out of recycled ocean plastic. This could ultimately help support the removal of tonnes of harmful waste.