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!

A huge congratulations to this week's #PassOnPlastic Hero, Hannah Mills! The Team GB gold medallist has launched the #BigPlasticPledge initiative to eradicate single-use plastic in sport, after being "overwhelmed" by the amount of waste at the Olympics.

Find out how you can make a difference and make your Big Plastic Pledge 

1. Plymouth Sound becomes UK's first marine park

Exciting news for Plymouth as they are now home to the nation's first marine park! This will promote the conservation of more than 1,000 marine species in the Plymouth Sound area, help boost the economy and encourage scientific research.

Plymouth is helping to lead the change and preservation of our oceans with the hope that more areas will soon follow. Luke Pollard, the Labour MP and Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, is confident that the marine park concept "will be rolled out nationwide". 

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Plymouth Sound is a vast stretch of water spanning Devon and Cornwall. Pic: Blue Marine Media/ Plymouth City Council
Plymouth Sound is a vast stretch of water spanning Devon and Cornwall. Pic: Blue Marine Media/ Plymouth City Council
Volunteers participate in 2018's International Coastal Cleanup in (clockwise from top left) the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Norway and Washington, DC. Ocean Conservancy / Gabriel Ortiz, David Kwaku Sakyi, Kristin Folsland Olsen, Emily Brauner
Volunteers participate in 2018's International Coastal Cleanup in (clockwise from top left) the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Norway and Washington, DC. Ocean Conservancy / Gabriel Ortiz, David Kwaku Sakyi, Kristin Folsland Olsen, Emily Brauner

2. International Coastal Cleanup Gears up for 'Million-Strong' Turnout Saturday

Get involved in one of the world's largest beach clean ups this weekend! Every year, Ocean Conservancy hosts an event that encourages volunteers to pick up litter on their local beaches.

This year, the International Coastal Cleanup falls on Saturday 21st September and is a key contributor to the world's largest database of marine waste, helping to identify which items are causing the most damage.

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3. Ireland to Reduce Waste by Cutting out All Single-Use Plastic

It's a great week for Ireland as they make plans to ban single-use plastic! It is thought that a possible first step would be to put a ban on everyday items such as single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws and food containers.

The Minister for Climate Action, Richard Bruton, has said there will be multiple "radical actions" taken to help reach a number of goals, such as doubling the amount of recycled materials that are used.

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A plastic bag sticks to a wire fence in a remote location in the Mourne Mountains, co Down, Northern Ireland. Dave G Kelly / Moment / Getty Images
A plastic bag sticks to a wire fence in a remote location in the Mourne Mountains, co Down, Northern Ireland. Dave G Kelly / Moment / Getty Images
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered new ways to convert single-use plastic waste into products such as storage tanks. Pic: Queen's University Belfast
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered new ways to convert single-use plastic waste into products such as storage tanks. Pic: Queen's University Belfast

4. Canoe believe it: Plastic waste could be used to make kayaks and milk bottles

A new technique to recycle single-use plastics has been discovered by researchers at Queen's University Belfast. This process will help recycle very large volumes of single-use plastics into products such as milk bottles, storage tanks and even canoes! 

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Another great week for ocean health! Come back next week for more updates