Save The Oceans

A couple of months ago we ran a previous blog on Big Spring Beach Cleanup where a campaign called Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) set up a scheme back in April clearing up beaches nationwide and recycling over 50,000 plastic bottles as part of their Ocean Plastic Bottle Project.

There are so many schemes worldwide and ways to get involved in order to eliminate plastic waste in our oceans but one in particular which is hitting the headlines…

Sky have set up a scheme called Sky Ocean Rescue. Their science correspondent tells of the story that went viral of how a stranded Cuvier’s beaked whale died off the coast in Scotland with a stomach full of plastic waste.

To highlight the problem, a 10m long whale had been created from 250kg single-use plastic which was recently unveiled in central London. 250kg of plastic waste is being washed into our oceans every single day, that’s a staggering 9 million tonnes a year.   The plastic is broken down, forming smaller microplastics, they act as a magnet for chemical toxins which unfortunately are being ingested by sea creates.

The plastic whale is on its travels to a number of beaches and waterfronts across the UK, as part of the campaign.

The Plastic whale travelled to Newquay, Cornwall yesterday. Photo courtesy of Sky Ocean Rescue

This is devastating news that pieces of plastic had resulted in the death of such a beautiful animal and any one animal that dies from plastic debris is one too many.   The scheme is designed to make everyone aware that we need to take further action to stop more plastic entering the marine environment as a matter of urgency.

Nearly two-thirds of people would welcome a charge for single-use plastics similar to the one for single-use plastics similar to the one for five pence shopping bags.

There are a couple of ways in which we can wean ourselves away from the dreaded plastic?

  • From grocery bags to coffee cup lids, most plastic items are probably used once and then thrown away.   Think about how often you rely on these products and learn to replace them with reusable versions.
  • Did you know that facial scrubs, toothpaste and body washes are harmless to marine animals? So boycott microbeads and opt for products with natural exfoliates like oatmeal or salt instead.
  • Buy in bulk, whether its single serving yoghurts, travel size toiletries – consider bigger sizes of packaging instead of buying smaller ones over time.
  • Participate in a beach or river cleanup and help to remove plastics from the ocean.   This is one of most direct and rewarding ways to fight ocean plastic pollution. Some of us here at ecodek®
    towers are looking to participate in a beach clean-up in North Wales – watch this space for a future blog post. The marine conservation society have a couple of events where you could get involved too.

In other countries they have been tackling the issue in different ways by operating a plastic bottle deposit refund scheme. Check out the attached Guardian article as they ask whether such a scheme could work in UK.

Let’s not forget that we turn recycled plastic bottles into ecodek® and our manufacturing process has been found carbon negative! Our product mix of recycled HDPE polymer reclaimed hardwood from sustainably management forest, make ecodek® 100% recyclable and composed of 95% recycled materials.   We also offer to you our exclusive waste buy back scheme which allows us to buy back any offcuts you have. Making you some money and letting us recycle the material to be used again to produce more ecodek®!

This week’s featured image is courtesy of Sky Ocean Rescue. You can follow @SkyOceanRescue on Twitter or give them a ‘Like’ on Facebook

…and you can find out where the whale will be by checking out this link – A plastic problem the size of a Whale.

If you have seen the plastic whale on your travels or have been recently involved in a beach clean campaign. Leave us a comment in the comments field, below.


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