Plastic pollution

The impact of plastic pollution, especially in our oceans, has been very effectively brought to public attention in recent years.  The use of plastic globally is vast: 2 million plastic bags are used every minute, plastic production has doubled in the last 10 years and currently 50% of it is used just once and thrown away.  8 Million pieces of plastic enter the oceans every day causing huge harm to wildlife. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. The effects are noticeable worldwide, including in the UK where around 75% of beach litter is plastic equating to around 150 plastic bottles per mile of coastline.  The plastic doesn’t breakdown but does fragment into microplastics which enter the food chain and are detectable in 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption.

 

Plastic Free Wells

Plastic Free Wells is one of our sister organizations who have had excellent success in reducing use of plastic, especially the single-use plastics from Wells.  To find out more about Plastic free Wells visit their website for more information and please support them however you can – https://plasticfreewells.org