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!

Congratulations to this week's #PassOnPlastic Hero, Elizabeth Gadsdon!

10-year-old Elizabeth has created a team of litter-pickers to help keep The Wirral clean, and is also campaigning for businesses to cut out single-use plastic. Keep up the amazing work!

1. Vicious cycle: delicate wash releases more plastic microfibres

Microfibres are tiny synthetic particles that become detached from clothing in a wash. These particles drain out of the washing machine and will eventually end up in marine environments where they are ingested by animals.

In a recent study, it was found that around 600,000 more microfibres were released from a delicate wash than in a normal cotton wash.

To find out more, click here

Using a delicate cycle might be doing more harm than good
Using a delicate cycle might be doing more harm than good

2. Bacardi just found the best use for plastic straws ever—turn them into vinyl records

Bacardi has teamed up with Lonely Whale to create the 'Straw Vinyl' programme. This involves using old plastic straws to create limited-edition vinyls.

Anitta and Major Lazer are the first two artists to get involved with 100% of the proceeds from their "Make It Hot" vinyl going to Lonely Whale to help tackle the plastic problem.

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3. Plastic tea bags shed billions of microplastic particles into the cup

A Canadian team has found that a single plastic bag can release 11.6 billion microplastics when steeping. This is a significant amount to other food and drinks.

There is no evidence of this posing a risk to human health but by switching to paper tea bags or loose-leaf tea, you can help reduce the amount of microplastics that are being released into our environment.

Click here to read more about their research

Some tea bags release microplastic particles into the water (Antagain/Getty Images)
Some tea bags release microplastic particles into the water (Antagain/Getty Images)

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