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 our TWO #PassOnPlastic heroes Hugh and Angela!
This power couple have been cycling beside the entire UK coastline, taking part in beach cleans and encouraging local restaurants and cafes to #PassOnPlastic too! And if that wasn't enough. They've been supporting CitytoSea's Refill initiative, and requesting shops across their journey offer their customers free water refills. Keep up the amazing work guys!
1. 127 UK businesses pledge to pass on 'problem plastics'
Since signing up the the UK Plastic Pact, businesses across the UK have committed to phasing out their use of the eight 'problem plastics' which include cutlery and polystyrene packaging as well as stirrers and straws. Existing members of the pact include Marks & Spencer and PepsiCo, who have already begun their journey to #PassOnPlastic, with the latest members aiming to achieve their goal by 2020. Not only will the 127 members be removing plastic from their operations but they have also committed to making 100% of their packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable.
2. Coral wants plastic for food?!
It seems not only are Humans consuming plastic but Coral too. Scientists have recently found that some wild corals are feeding on small amounts of plastic rubbish and what's worse, they prefer it! Because of this, more than 100 microplastics can be found in each polyp, eating twice as many microbeads as they did shrimp eggs.
3. Meet the worlds first plastic house
Nova Scotia is now home to what is thought to be the worlds first house built from recycled plastic bottles. 612,000 plastic bottles were used to construct the three-bedroom bungalow. The bottles were shredded, melted and then formed into custom moulds for the structure, allowing the walls to be constructed within seven hours! The team are hoping to sell the house or rent it on AirBNB so watch this space.