Thursday, 10 June 2021

Takeaways and Plastic Pollution

. Two studies in Nature: Sustainability have looked at macro plastic pollution in the world's oceans (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/10/takeaway-food-and-drink-litter-dominates-ocean-plastic-study-shows). The studies found that around 50% of plastic litter in the seas, was associated with takeaway food and drink. This material largely consisted of bags, plastic bottles, food containers and food wrappers. Some fishing items were also prominent but there was a marked reduction in the now-banned plastic straws and cotton buds. All plastic items are very slow to degrade but banning items can help. It was found that Turkey, Italy and the UK were the worst contributors to floating marine plastic litter. It might be a good idea to charge takeaway companies for their one-use, plastic waste.

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