Many of you will have read the statistic about the plastic ‘island’ floating in the Pacific now being three times the size of France and seen the distressing footage of marine creatures tangled up in plastic bags or mistaking them for food. So this year World Oceans Day has focused on preventing single-use plastics and on encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. At the time of writing, there were 35 events registered to take place in the UK and Ireland throughout the month.
The EU recently revealed a proposal to ban single-use plastics and to require 90% of plastic bottles to be collected for recycling by 2025. The proposal suggests that single-use plastic items with more readily available sustainable alternatives, items such as cutlery and food packaging, will be banned but does not set a deadline for a total ban.
This announcement comes a month after the UK’s Wrap Plastics Pact, which saw major brands – responsible for more than 80% of the UK’s supermarket plastic packaging – pledge to stop using single-use plastics by 2025.
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