Sandwich Packaging to Be Hit with 15p Tax to Cut Down on Plastic Waste

The move, set to add 15p to prices, could be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove as early as this week.
He wants to recoup the cost of dealing with packs where cardboard is glued to a plastic window, making them impossible to recycle. 
Simon Ellin, of trade body the Recycling Association, said: “Manufacturers and retailers use too much badly designed packaging.”
He said the move would put from 10p to 15p on the average £2.14 price of a sandwich.
Some four billion are sold a year, and the UK industry employs 300,000 people.  

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'Sad Surprise': Amazon Fish Contaminated by Plastic Particles

Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which bags, bottles and other waste dumped in rivers is affecting the world’s wildlife.
Tests on the stomach contents of fish in Brazil’s Xingu River, one of the major tributaries of the Amazon, revealed plastic particles in more than 80% of the species examined, including the omnivorous parrot pacu, herbivorous redhook silver dollar, and meat-eating red-bellied piranha.

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Announces Plans to Ban Plastic Bags Nationwide

The leader gave a statement today alongside associate environment minister Eugenie Sage, in which they explained the importance of tackling plastic pollution.
“We’re phasing out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation,” Ms Ardern writes.

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Why Marine Animals Ingest Ocean Plastic?

It’s no secret that there is a lot of plastic debris in our oceans.  In fact, scientists estimate that there is more than 165 million tons of plastic trash swirling about in our oceans today, with an additional 8.8 million tons flowing in every year.  And as the oceans swell with plastic litter, hundreds of marine species are ingesting the stuff – often with dire consequences.

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Sea Turtles Dying from Entanglement With Plastic Rubbish

The rise in plastic refuse in the ocean and on beaches is killing turtles of all species, with a disproportionate impact on hatchlings and young turtles, research by the University of Exeter shows.

A world-wide survey covering the major oceans where turtles live discovered that 91 per cent of the entangled turtles were found dead. They also suffered serious wounds from entanglement, leading to maiming, amputation or choking. Others that survived were forced to drag discarded rubbish or debris with them.

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Plastic Ocean Pollution; Human Cruelty to Seabirds

Even in the remote waters of Antarctica, they have found evidence of plastic killing and harming seabirds.

Wandering albatrosses – which have the longest wingspan of any birds alive today – are thought to be especially vulnerable.

Nesting on the barren islands of South Georgia, they feed their young by scouring thousands of miles of ocean for squid and fish but often bring back plastic instead.

The final episode of what has become the most-watched TV programme of the year explores how the oceans are threatened by human activities including overfishing and pollution.

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Blue Planet II: Whales dying from pollution as they ingest toxic plastic

Whales are falling victim to pollution caused by humans dumping toxic plastic waste into the oceans.

David Attenborough will deliver another hard-hitting message in this week’s episode of Blue Planet II, which will follow the plight of a pod of pilot whales.

While feeding in the Atlantic ocean far from land, the creatures are filmed becoming entangled in plastic bags and dying from poisoning caused by the ingestion of plastics.

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13 Daily Habits of Human Beings That are Killing the Environment

It is postulated that it takes only 3 weeks for a human being to form a habit. However, one major concern about daily human habits is how it is slowly destroying the environment. Interestingly, most of it is due ignorance. While some may seem innocuous at first, reading into them shows how bad some can be damaging to the environment.

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11+ Eco friendly Products That You Can Gift Someone

Amazing and surprising gifts don’t have to be expensive and besides, they need to have a great reputation with some particular unique characteristic. If you are an environmentalist or happen to be the kind of person who cares so much about the environment, you can lower your environment impact by gifting people with eco-friendly products.

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The World’s Toughest Law in Kenya for Plastic Bag

Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect.

The east African nation joins more than 40 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy.

Many bags drift into the ocean, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they die of starvation.

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