Plastic pollution poses a threat to human health and harms and kills marine life. Scientists estimate that if we don’t change our ways, the ocean will have more plastic by weight than fish by 2050.
The primary direct threats that single-use plastic poses to marine life are entanglement and ingestion. Many marine animals accidentally mistake plastic for food and choke or get sick by ingesting it. These interactions with plastic are often fatal. Additionally, plastic pollution damages and alters habitats, and can have substantial negative impacts on local economies. More than 80% of marine litter comes from land-based sources and businesses and governments spend billions on cleaning up litter. Fortunately, plastic pollution is already widely accepted as an urgent problem that we need to and can address. Avoiding the use of single-use disposable plastic items like bags, straws, and bottles is one tangible way for individuals and communities to help. Together we can solve this problem and create a more sustainable society.
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We’ve all seen the extent of the effect single-use plastics are having on the environment.
Not only do they pollute the environment and introduce highly toxic chemicals into the food chain, they pose a direct threat to marine wildlife.
One of the most recent examples is Frito, the seahorse found entangled in fishing line among a rubbish in Florida. Thanks to a local resident and her daughters, Frito was successfully rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and returned to the wild – although most stories aren’t as positive.
There’s certainly a long way to go in cleaning up our planet’s oceans but it seems that both the UK government and global corporations are beginning to make changes that will have a positive impact.
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Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. You’ll be joining a million+ people world-wide from 130 countries in making a difference.
Go step by step and be part of the solution from now on!
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Do you ever wonder what hides under the tip of the iceberg? Codecheck tells you what your favorite products are made of, so you can make better choices. For you, and for the planet.
The cult ingredient checking app that helps conscious consumers find skincare products without microplastics, conflict palm oil, animal byproducts, and allergens got bilingual in the wake of entering the US market.
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Modern life can be chaotic, so it’s no wonder that science and commerce have teamed up to provide us with no-fuss products to help the day pass smoothly. Unfortunately, the environmental toll of some of these innovations can be enormous. It’s no wonder that eco-conscious governments and municipalities are using legislation to temper the damage we’re inflicting on our planet.
In Europe, banned items range from the mundane to the ridiculous: guidelines set by the EU have made high-powered (and underperforming) vacuum cleaners a thing of the past, while the French have outlawed the farming of domestic frog legs. Bangladesh was the first nation to ban plastic shopping bags, way back in 2002.
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