Plastic Factastic

“We’ve produced a whopping 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since the 1950s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than TEN TIMES OVER.” https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/plastic-facts-keep-getting-scarier/

If we continue landfilling it, we may keep the land above the rising sea level.

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Microbads

“Scientists working at Bath University have now come up with a method to make microbeads out of cellulose, a starch found in wood and plants.
Tests have been carried which show the beads can be processed to be soft or hard but can also biodegrade into sugar in a short period of time.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/new-solution-to-plastic-pollution

Has anyone tried using sand? It may be less of a problem for marine life.

Time to try some plastic microbead-free products?

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Sick Squid

The Cuvier’s beaked whale’s stomach was full of plastic bags and packaging with labels in Danish and English. … The whale may have mistaken them for squid which they usually prey on. http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/02/beaked-whale-in-norway-had-30-plastic-bags-in-stomach

A spokesperson for the food packaging industry said there was really nothing more it could do, since all plastic wrapping already carries the explicit warning “not squid” in both Danish and English.

Recola

“A Coca Cola spokesperson said: ‘We support recovery and recycling of our packaging and we want to help find ways to ensure that less of it is littered and ends up in the sea. Whilst we support and participate in deposit schemes in some countries, in some cases we have believed a different approach could be more effective and more sustainable than DRS [Deposit Return Scheme] – and in the UK we have raised some concerns about the impact of a DRS scheme on household recycling rates.'” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988601/exposed_coca_colas_big_fight_back_against_tackling_plastic_waste.html

Business models based on maximising the sale of one-use items will want us to forget the second part of the equation:
Reduction in household recycling of plastic bottles = bad
Converting recycling to the neglected other two Rs – Reducing and Reusing = good

Gastrocomical

“As many as nine out of 10 of the world’s seabirds are likely to have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates. … ‘It’s pretty astronomical,’ said [the] study coauthor.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/01/up-to-90-of-seabirds-have-plastic-in-their-guts-study-finds)

*Gastronomical or plastronomical.

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Replastic

“Plastic used in the consumer goods industry causes marine pollution … Much of the plastic waste ends up in mid-ocean whirlpools, entangling whales, birds and turtles and damaging the internal organs of the fish that ingest it. … Adidas said it would … develop fibres made from recycled ocean waste for use in its clothing.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/20/us-adidas-environment-idUKKBN0NB0NK20150420)

Consumers were horrified at this shameless attempt to make them rewear their clothes.

Celebrate Earth Day until Fri 24th by keeping good books out of the waste stream — even cheaper reused books from Better World Books.

Polystein

“Microbeads and fragments that fish eat typically pass through their bodies and are excreted. But [microplastic] fibres are becoming enmeshed in gastrointestinal tracts of some fish. … There is also a chance that fibres are in drinking water piped from the lakes. … Two dozen varieties of German beer contained microplastics.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/09/great-lakes-plastic-microfibre-pollution-us)

A pint of your finest plastener lager, or Lego Brecks, if you please.