plastic pollution

Plans for new plastic 'eating' ship are revealed

Design plans for a new eco-yacht that collects plastic from the ocean and recycles it into fuel have been unveiled in Southampton.

The £40million 'Ocean Saviour' has been specially designed to scoop up five tonnes of plastic pollution each day, which is then recycled into fuel that will power the vessel itself.

More tragic evidence that plastic is not whale food

A whale washed up in southern Thailand has died after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags.

Rescuers tried to save the small pilot whale after he was found stranded in a canal near the border with Malaysia.

According to the Thai department of marine and coastal resources, a team attempted to stabilise the whale but were unable to save him. An autopsy later revealed that 80 plastic bags weighing up to 8kg (18lb) were lodged inside the whale’s stomach, making it very difficult for the whale to eat.

Dead dolphin found on UK beach had swallowed rubber glove

Further evidence of the widespread plastic pollution in the ocean has emerged after a dolphin washed up on a Norfolk beach in the UK was found to have part of a rubber glove in his stomach.

A post-mortem on the dead juvenile male Risso's dolphin revealed the find after being discovered dead on Great Yarmouth South Beach.

Have your say on taxing single use plastics

Following public pressure from organisations and individuals all over the country, the Government recently asked for our views on extending the charge on single use plastic bags to other single use plastics, like drinks bottles, coffee cups, cutlery, straws and food packaging. The ‘convenience’ items are often only used for a few minutes but never biodegrade, meaning that they can pollute the oceans for generations, continuing to pose a serious risk to the lives of whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife. 

England looks to ban plastic straws

UK prime minister, Theresa May has announced that a consultation will begin later this year that could lead to the banning of cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics from sale in England in 2019.

The move is the latest in a drive to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans. Plastic is a growing threat to whales and dolphins as well as seabirds and other marine creatures with over half of all whale and dolphin species recorded eating plastics they've mistaken for food.

Supermarket leads the way with first plastic-free aisle

Shoppers in the Netherlands can now make more environmentally friendly purchases at Europe’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle.

The initiative, a partnership between campaign group, A Plastic Planet and Dutch supermarket, Ekoplaza was launched in Amsterdam and enables shoppers to choose from 700 everyday products that are free from plastic packaging, including meat, rice, sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals, snacks, fresh fruit and vegetables. Even the shelving is either wood or metal.

Queen joins battle against plastic pollution in the UK

Plastic bottles and straws are to be banned from all Royal estates in the UK.

The move is said to have been instigated by the Queen after speaking to television presenter, Sir David Attenborough about the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean.

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