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 this weeks #PassOnPlastic Heroes Dive Against Debris!

This is a project that empowers divers to remove pollution from the ocean & log their findings. Over 50,000 divers are helping to improve ocean health by tracking the trash they collect. As a group, they've collected over 1 million pieces of rubbish! Keep up the amazing work.

1. Plastic found in the Arctic

During her trip to the Arctic, Marine ecologist Malanie Bergmann found many samples of microplastics in the ice and seafloor but had yet to find how it got there.

Since then, we have been able to discover that some of the plastic travels through the atmosphere and later drifts down to the surface of the Arctic. Now knowing microplastics are airborne, Bergmann says "This is one additional pathway that we haven't given the attention required so far".

Learn more about the findings here.

2. Removal of beach pollution

Attention is now being refocused on solving plastic pollution on beaches. Unfortunately, no matter how many beach cleans we take part in, the human eye struggles to spot the micro-plastics embedded in the sand. Dr Richard Coulton has been supporting the launch of Sand Separation Systems, the latest method of separating the small plastics from beach sand. Recent testing has been able to collect plastics as small as 0.06mm. 

Read more about the new collection method here.

3. Ikea ditching restaurant plastic

In Ikea's next endeavour to become single-use plastic free, they've showcased their updated food service products. 

The plastic-free range includes wooden cutlery, and paper-based cups and bowls. You can expect to see the new range from September, with the roll-out being completed by the end of 2020. 

For more information, click here.

4. Your next house could be plastic free!

Housing provider in the West Midlands is aiming to become the first to provide plastic-free housing. The firms first project includes building 12 new homes with 'as little plastic as possible'. Finding alternatives to plastic used when fitting kitchens, bathrooms and windows. The project marks the first time that houses have been considered to be produced without plastic.

Read more about the developments here.