Plastic

Plastics:  There is no ‘away’.

  • Plastic is a substance that the world cannot digest.

  • Worldwide reliance on disposable plastic packaging is overwhelming our planet.

  • By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight.

  • Plastic pollution and climate change are parallel global emergencies.

  • Plastic is a petroleum product; to truly divest from fossil fuels, we must reduce our collective plastic footprint


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  St Albans #Refusethestraw

Harpenden #Refusethestraw

Local #Refusethestraw campaigns support local businesses to stop giving away plastic straws: and either stop using them completely or provide alternative sustainable straws for customers who require them.

These campaigns  raises awareness of the dangers of single-use plastic to the enviroment.


Films/Resources:

Films we have shown:

Websites

  • Surfers Against Sewage – Plastic pollution UK campaign 2017

  • Plastic Pollution coalition

  • www.plasticbagfreeday.org

    FACTS

    On average, plastic bags are used for 25 minutes!

     It takes between 100-500 years for a plastic bag to disintegrate
    (depending on the type of plastic)

    1 million plastic bags are in use around the world/ 1 minute

     The average European uses about 500 plastic bags/year
    Europeans overwhelmingly support a ban on single-use plastic bags.

     80% of marine litter is plastic

     3.4 million tones of plastic carrier bags are produced in the UE each year. This corresponds to the weight of more than two million cars!


    SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS ARE…

    BAD FOR THE PLANET

    They take 100s of years to degrade and they not only pollute the environment but actually directly harm many living organisms

    BADLY DESIGNED

    It doesn’t make sense to produce something that lasts 100s of years when it is going to be used for a few minutes.  It is a contradiction that in a throw-away society nothing good lasts whilst bad products are forever.

    UGLY!

    Reusable bags are a lot cooler !

    EXPENSIVE

    Producers don’t take responsibility for the impact of their
    product. Plastic bags are cheap to produce but very expensive
    to clean from the environment.

    BAD FOR YOUR MIND

    They embody the message of the throw-away society that is trashing the planet.

    UNFAIR

    Future generations will suffer from the pollution caused by plastic bags, without getting any of the benefit.
    Future generations don’t vote, but they count.

    92% OF THE 95,5 BILLION

    carrier bags in the EU in 2010

    MADE OF CRUDE OIL

    i.e. a finite resource

    GET INTO THE FOOD CHAIN

    Pulverised plastic waste in the sea gets into the food chain

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