Plawstic

“Marine plastic litter can already be controlled through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); the London Convention; the MARPOL Convention; the Basel Convention; Customary Law, and many other regional agreements.
Article 194 of UNCLOS, for instance, requires states to ‘prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment from any source.
Measures shall include, inter alia, those designed to minimize to the fullest possible extent… the release of toxic, harmful or noxious substances, especially those which are persistent, from land-based sources… [and] shall include those necessary to protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and other forms of marine life.'” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43115486

If only the legal profession was as persistent.

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Polyethylego

“The new-style Lego elements are made from polyethylene – a soft, durable and flexible plastic that can now be made with ethanol extracted from sugar cane material and, Lego claims, is as durable as conventional plastic. As a bio-plastic, it can be recycled many times, though it is unlikely to be 100% biodegradable.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/02/first-sustainable-lego-pieces-to-go-on-sale

More plastic persistence, more brick-eating.

Driving Down Plastic Waste

“The friction, pressure and heat of driving wears tyres down so much they produce an estimated average of 63,000 tonnes per year of plastic dust in the UK alone.” http://theconversation.com/ten-stealth-microplastics-to-avoid-if-you-want-to-save-the-oceans-90063

Please select your preference:
1. breathe
2. drink
3. eat

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.

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