Blog: Oceans

Cut it out!

Posted by Louise Edge — 13 March 2017 at 12:45pm - Comments
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It can sometimes feel like throwaway plastic is everywhere and cutting it out can seem daunting. Ultimately we need action from companies and governments to stem this tide of plastic waste, but here’s are a few tips on what you can personally do to cut plastic waste during your weekly food shop 

The Final Straw?

Posted by Ariana Densham — 10 March 2017 at 5:14pm - Comments
Greenpeace campaigner collecting drinks straws from a beach in Manila
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Millions of straws are used every day around the world. Many of these are used for just a few minutes, then are simply thrown away. In fact plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found in beach clean ups. 

Don't bottle it!

Posted by Louisa Casson — 10 March 2017 at 3:13pm - Comments
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Plastic bottles are a common sight in our day-to-day lives. Go into a newsagent, supermarket or train station, and you’ll be inundated with choices of bottled water and soft drinks to buy. 

But another all too familiar sight is empty plastic bottles on our streets, in our rivers and on our beaches. Through wind and waterways, these plastic bottles can easily end up in our oceans. 

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Posted by Louisa Casson — 10 March 2017 at 12:27pm - Comments
Coffee cup silhouettes with 'broken' recycling symbols
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Cappuccino, flat white, soya latte, hot chocolate or just a nice cup of tea - whatever your hot drink of choice, if it comes in a takeaway cup unfortunately it’s a bad choice for the planet.

Microbeads in the spotlight!

Posted by Louisa Casson — 2 March 2017 at 1:00am - Comments

This week, microbeads shot up the political agenda (again) - thanks to Greenpeace supporters (again!) and a host of coalition members.

Deposit Return Schemes - what exactly are they?

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 22 February 2017 at 5:50pm - Comments
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You may have seen the term Deposit Return Scheme batted around lately- but what exactly does it mean?

The way I like to think of it is this - with a DRS, you buy the contents of a bottle (glug glug, delicious smoothie), but only borrow the bottle. The tiny deposit paid on top of the drink is fully refundable once the empty bottle is returned. This bottle can then be recycled or (even better!) reused.

Microbeads consultation: the good, the bad, & the ???

Posted by Elisabeth Whitebread — 20 December 2016 at 1:17pm - Comments
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Back in September, the government announced it was planning to launch a consultation on banning microbeads, those pesky toxic beads that companies have added to face washes, toothpastes, washing powders and other products.

A rubbish truck of plastic in the ocean every minute  -  and how you can help

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 17 November 2016 at 12:09pm - Comments
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With the ebb and flow of the tides, thousands of miles of coastline around the UK testify to the devastation that plastic pollution is having on the marine environment. The oceans are at their choking point, for every mile of beach surveyed there are 159 plastic bottles found washed up.

A deposit return scheme for Scotland?

Posted by alice.hunter — 11 November 2016 at 6:55pm - Comments
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Plastic pollution on a beach in Orkney

A truckload of plastic waste enters our oceans every minute.

When I first heard this statistic I couldn’t believe it. But the evidence is all around us - from tiny microbeads in our toothpaste to images of seabirds with stomachs full of plastic. Plastic pollution is out of control.

What happened at the International Whaling Commission 2016 meeting

Posted by Willie — 28 October 2016 at 4:48pm - Comments
Image of a whale's fluke (tail)
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The International Whaling Commission meeting 2016 has just come to a close. Delegates from 64 countries spent a week discussing and debating whales, in Potoroz, Slovenia.
Greenpeace’s international team was there, and here’s a quick roundup of what happened.

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