"I pledge to help put a stop to plastics pollution, and keep our oceans clean."
Up to 12 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year and will take centuries to degrade. An area of plastic rubbish three times the size of the UK has been floating in the north Pacific for decades - and every year thousands of turtles and other ocean creatures are harmed and killed by eating and getting entangled in plastic debris. Greenpeace is campaigning hard over the next few years, to stop the flow of plastic pollution into our oceans.
Our collection and recycling systems just can’t keep up with the surging numbers of plastic bottles that we’re being sold by the companies that produce them. Even though plastic bottles are made from one of the most valuable plastics for recycling, only just over half of the plastic bottles produced globally are recycled - with less than 1 in 10 recycled into new plastic bottles.
In the UK, that’s as many as 16 million plastic bottles every day that are being dumped in our environment!
You can cut your plastic footprint by carrying a reusable bottle. You can fill it with tap water for free, save money on bottled water and do your bit to limit the number of throwaway bottles harming our ocean life.
These schemes - where a small deposit on a plastic bottle is refunded when it’s returned for reuse or recycling - are in place around the world, with millions of people using them. And they really work! In parts of the US where schemes are operating the number of plastic bottles washing up on beaches has dropped by a staggering 70%.
Scottish politicians are currently looking at introducing the scheme, and ministers in Westminster are under pressure to follow suit.
We need recycling to deal with plastic waste, but it’s important we reduce the number of bottles being produced and used in the first place. Lots of people have no idea of the extent of the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans so the more awareness we can raise the better! You can share this video:
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It’s clear that to protect the oceans we need to drastically reduce our use of throwaway plastic packaging. To do this, we need companies that produce and sell vast amounts of plastic packaging to introduce policies and set targets to cut their plastic footprint and move towards a closed-loop system of production.
Greenpeace is calling on companies to accept their responsibility for ocean plastic pollution and commit to phase out the use of throwaway plastic packaging via the following steps:
Reduce and reuse - prioritise reusable packaging and developing delivery systems based on reuse.
Recycle - ensure all remaining packaging is made from 100% post consumer recycled content, as well as being recyclable or compostable.
Disclose - the types and amount of plastic they use, reuse and recycle.
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