Plastic Pollution – GBRI
 

We all know how grave the problem of marine plastic pollution is. Now the bad news is that synthetic microfibers seem to have found their way into products we consume on a daily basis, thinking they are absolutely safe. A new study published last week found plastic particles in tap water, beer, and sea salt. The […]

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A young sperm whale was found dead off Spain’s southeastern coast after ingesting 64 pounds of plastic trash that got stuck in its digestive tract. The 33-feet long whale’s body was discovered near a lighthouse in Cabo de Palos. A necropsy revealed that the animal had trash bags, polypropylene sacks, ropes, net segments and a drum, among […]

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A study has found that there has been a sharp decline in the number of plastic bags littering the British seas after plastic bag charges were introduced in European nations. Ireland and Denmark were the first two countries to bring in levies for plastic bags from shops in 2003, followed by slew of other European […]

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Taking an important step towards reducing its plastic waste, fast food giant McDonald’s has announced that it will be phasing out plastic straws completely at two test locations in London, England, and at the other 1,300 restaurants across UK, customers will be given straws only upon request. It might seem like a minuscule change, but […]

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After Bacardi, two other world famous alcohol manufacturers – Diageo and Pernod Ricard – have joined the fight against the use of disposable plastic straws. The French drinks group Pernod Ricard owns brands such as Absolut, Ricard pastis, Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet Scotch Whiskies, Jameson Irish Whisky, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, and Jacob’s Creek […]

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German sportswear giant Adidas announced that it sold one million pairs of shoes made from ocean plastic last year. The company had introduced three versions of the UltraBoost shoe–made from recycled marine plastic–in 2017. Each pair uses an average of 11 plastic bottles and incorporates recycled plastic into the laces, heel webbing, heel lining and sock […]

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A recent research has found the world’s highest microplastic pollution in a river near Manchester, UK. The research also concluded that the 2015-16 floods in the area released more than 40 billion pieces of microplastic into the sea. The surge of such a vast amount of microplastic from one small river catchment in a single event led the […]

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A horrifying video filmed recently by British diver Rich Horner, showing vast amount of plastic trash floating in coastal waters off the coast of Bali, effectively warns us of the growing menace of marine plastic pollution. Rich Horner filmed himself swimming through a sea of plastic rubbish floating in turquoise waters around 15 miles offshore […]

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As more and more nations are cracking down on their plastic waste by banning single-use plastics and organizing mass beach clean-ups, the latest one to join the drive is the pristine Indonesian island of Bali. Last weekend saw around 20,000 people join hands to hold 120+ separate beach cleanups across the island under the banner of […]

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