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 all over the world. Plus announcing this week's #PassOnPlastic hero!
#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week
A big congratulations to Dhruv, founder of The Thames Project for being the #PassOnPlastic Hero of the week!
Dhruv just became the first person to cycle ON the river Thames, using his journey to clear litter and plastic from the waterways. His initiative The Thames Project has the ambition to make everyone aware of the dangers of plastic pollution and inspire them to take action. They're encouraging water biking, citizen science and community engagement.
1. Study finds biodegradable bags remain fully intact after 3 years in soil and the ocean
When we think of biodegradable products, we imagine items breaking down and becoming one with the natural environment. But how long does that really take?
In a recent study, it has been found that a typical biodegradable plastic bag doesn't decompose fully even after 3 years in a natural environment. They were still able to carry a full bag of shopping! Our Sky Ocean Rescue Scholar Imogen, who lead the study, said she was amazed at the bags capabilities at this point.
2. NorthLink cuts 200,000 single-use plastics from its ferries
NorthLink has been able to reduce the amount of single-use plastic items used on its ferries by more than 200,000 items each year. Starting by replacing 115,000 disposable cups and lids with compostable alternatives. Plans are also in place to remove plastic spoons and food trays too. Their move to sustainable products began last year when they converted to using paper straws.
3. Fishermen's ghost nets to be tracked and removed from the sea
One main source for pollution in our oceans comes from abandoned and lost fishing equipment. Many of these supplies can be lost at sea during storms but now researchers have developed a way to find and return them - preventing the damage to marine habitats and the increase of micro plastics in the sea.
The NetTag can be used by using location devices to relocate lost equipment. Only costing £!00, these devices can last months in the water due to their low power consumption, also causing minimal disruption to local sea life.
4. Maine becomes the first U.S. state to ban Styrofoam
Food containers made from Styrofoam a.k.a Polystyrene, will be banned from all businesses in Maine starting January 2021.
Maine are not alone on the path to banning single-use plastics as New York and California have both banned SUP bags.
Those who violate the law can face up to a $100 - making us question, is that cup of coffee really worth it? Getting yourself a reusable cup is a much more sustainable alternative.
What a week, stay tuned for more weekly round-ups and exciting new content, including our up and coming guest writers! Don't forget to check out our bite-sized Instagram round-up too - @SkyOceanRescue