There's been so much going on in the public space around ecology and recycling this year. We've created a brief summary for you and included links to some articles that make for essential reading.
Plastic in the news
It's not been a good year for plastic.
A series of high profile campaigns and political initiatives on plastic reduction have proceeded one after the other in the first few months of the year, while ocean plastic remains a high profile subject.
We have brought together the latest news on plastic waste-reducing initiatives, as well as a few other ecological commentary pieces.
At the start of the year the government announced their environmental strategy, which included an extension to the 5p per bag policy, funding for plastic innovation and support for reducing plastic pollution in the developing world.
Government environmental initiatives can be used as distractions from less positive political news and not everyone was reassured by Theresa May's announcement.
The plastic straw became singled-out as a particularly pernicious ocean plastic polluter, largely through a heart-wrenching YouTube video of a sea turtle which had inhaled a straw.
While straws may not be the largest plastic polluter by volume, their size makes it difficult to recycle and they are amongst the top 5 plastic items found in beach clean-ups. Livegreen provide a good summary.
In the US it is said that a staggering 500 million straws are produced every day! Initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic had been launched to encourage the use of re-usable straws and to pressurise restaurants and manufacturers to cut plastic straws from their packaging.
Jumping on the bandwagon, Michael Gove mentioned something about plastic straws, but not everyone was convinced.
Last month a plastic free aisle was opened in a Dutch supermarket. It might sound impossible, given our dependence on plastic to hold and preserve so much of what we consume, but the initiative is a great step towards proving that in all aspects of or lives it is possible to reduce the waste that we create.
The Dutch are often progressive on environmental and social issues, but a recent survey shows that 91% of British consumers would also like to see a plastic-free shopping aisle in the UK.
PG tips announced that they are going to produce their pyramid tea bags without the use of plastic. Whatever the virtues of the initiative, the fact that a large conglomerate such as Unilever is courting coverage on plastic-reduction is surely a step in the right direction.
Moving off the subject of plastic waste, this article is an interesting read, illustrating that ecological initiatives may not always be self-evident.
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