Turning the tide on plastic
Animals injured by plastic litter have hit a record high with marine life particularly under threat, according to the RSPCA.
The charity has hit out at the shocking rise, with incidents rocketing by 22 per cent from 473 in 2015 to 579 in 2018.
It says that it has recorded 618 cases of animals affected by litter in general over the past four years in the South West – including 179 involving plastic.
Seals and birds are among the animals most at risk, according to the charity.
Head of wildlife Adam Grogan said: “Every year the RSPCA deals with increasing numbers of mammals, birds and reptiles which have become entangled or affected in some way by discarded plastic.
“Our latest data sadly reflects the wider litter crisis taking place right now across the globe and action is urgently needed.
“It’s up to every one of us to do our bit in the war against litter.”
Certainly, more people seem to be waking up to the danger posed by plastic – and particularly the threat to our oceans.
According to Greenpeace, an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our seas every year.
Single-use plastic by supermarkets and weekend newspapers are among the most obvious examples when it comes to seeing plastic in everyday life.
This is why it is encouraging to see the Guardian switch to bidegradeable packaging for its Saturday print edition. The clear polythene style bag used for the edition’s magazines and supplements can now be recycled.
Incredibly, it’s made from waste potatoes which are processed to release starch which is made into granules and mixed with other biodegradable ingredients.
As a family business based on the Jurassic Coast, Ocean Rocks loves where it lives and aims to do its bit for the environment.
We’ve actually placed ethics and sustainability at the heart of everything we do.
We don’t use unnecessary packaging – everyone who has bought a t-shirt at one of the many events we’ve attended will know we only use recyclable brown paper bags.
Furthermore, we post t-shirts in biodegradable recycled postage bags without any plastic bagging inside for mail-order.
Our garments are made of 100 per cent organic cotton – Global Organic Textile Standard certified – and manufactured with the environment in mind, ethically produced by partners who also supply key conservation charities.
Our suppliers subscribe to ethical codes of practice such as the Fairwear Foundation.
Our founder and chief fossil hunter John Tourgout said: “Some of us have been warning about plastic and marine pollution for years, so it’s encouraging that the message finally seems to be hitting home with the public at large.
“That’s certainly our experience of meeting and talking with OCEANROCKS’ customers at all the events and festivals we’ve attended over the last year or so.
“The tipping point seems to have been David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series, so let’s hope more and more people continue to think about their impact on the environment.”
It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but every single little thing that we all do can really make a difference – from using recyclable shopping bags to joining in beach cleans on the coast.
It really is time to #smashtheplastic.
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