Scotland to ban manufacture and sale of plastic cotton swabs

January 11, 2018 by  
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Scotland could be the first country in the United Kingdom to ban plastic -stemmed cotton swabs. Both the manufacture and sale of the polluting items – hundreds were found during a recent Gullane beach clean-up – would be banned. Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said, “…people are continuing to flush litter down their toilets and this has to stop. Scotland’s sewerage infrastructure collects and treats some 945 million liters of wastewater each day. These systems are not designed to remove small plastic items such as plastic buds, which can kill marine animals and birds that swallow them.” Campaigners said the Scotland government plans to ban manufacture and sale of plastic-handled cotton swabs, according to The Guardian – and that move could slash the country’s contribution to ocean plastic pollution in half, according to Friends of the Earth Scotland director Richard Dixon. Cunningham launched a public consultation on a ban, describing it as evidence of the government’s goal to address marine plastic. Related: Scientists call for a worldwide ban on the ‘global hazard’ of glitter It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it. What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This sea horse drifts long with the trash day in and day out as it rides the currents that flow along the Indonesian archipelago. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans. What sort of future are we creating? How can your actions shape our planet??.?thanks to @eyosexpeditions for getting me there and to @nhm_wpy and @sea_legacy for getting this photo in front of as many eyes as possible. Go to @sea_legacy to see how you can make a difference. . #plastic #seahorse #wpy53 #wildlifephotography #conservation @nhm_wpy @noaadebris #switchthestick A post shared by Justin Hofman (@justinhofman) on Sep 12, 2017 at 8:28am PDT There have been concerns over how many of the items have washed up on beaches after people flushed them down toilets. Environmental charity Fidra recently found hundreds on the beach. The Guardian reported most large retailers have made the change to biodegradable paper-stemmed swabs, but smaller retailers still sell imported plastic-stemmed ones. Fidra, which is behind The Cotton Bud Project , said on the campaign website the physical structure of plastic cotton buds allows them to bypass filters at many waste treatment facilities, and they can be released into the sea with untreated sewage. There, they can “attract and concentrate background pollutants to toxic levels” and be consumed by animals who mistake them for food – causing the plastic and toxins to enter the food chain . The Cotton Bud Project encourages people to toss cotton swabs in the trash, not the toilet, and lists brands that sell swabs with biodegradable paper stems. Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

April 28, 2014 by  
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Canadian Entrepreneurs David Katz and Shaun Frankson are on a mission to tackle poverty and plastic pollution in one fell swoop. Their startup Plastic Bank recognizes that many areas affected by plastic pollution are also home to large numbers of people struggling to make ends meet. Their ‘Social Plastic’ model turns plastic into currency, rewarding the work involved in cleaning up the environment and stopping plastics from ending up in the sea. Read on to find out about their pilot project in Peru. Read the rest of South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , Ending Poverty , marine plastic pollution , peru , plastic bank , plastic pollution , plastics recycling , Poverty

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Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

February 11, 2014 by  
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Animal lovers and fastidious fishermen are already aware of the dangers that plastic six-pack drink rings, fishing line, hooks, and rubber bands pose to ocean creatures. However, a far more lethal class of marine debris has appeared on the scene in the form of plastic packing bands. These non-biodegradable loops can ensnare seals and sea lions, causing gruesome wounds, and restrict mobility to such an extent that the animal starves. Read the rest of Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , marine mammal , marine plastic pollution , microplastic pollution , national marine fisheries service hotline , NOAA , ocean conservation , pinniped , plastic gyre , plastic packing bands , plastic pollution , sea lion , seal        

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PHOTOS: Young Projects’ Playful, Matchmaking Sculpture Pops Up in Times Square

February 11, 2014 by  
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Young Projects has made it a little bit easier to find love in the big city with their unique interactive sculpture in Times Square. Called “Match-Maker” , the intriguing heart-shaped public artpiece invites viewers to peer through strategically-placed periscopes to see their four most ideal astrological mates on the other side. Read on to check out more photos of this cupid-like tangle of tubes. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , Kammetal , sustainable design , Times Square , times square alliance , times square heart sculpture , valentine sculpture , valentines day new york city , valentines day nyc , van alen institute , Young Projects        

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