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Plastic pollution in our oceans poses a real threat to whales and dolphins. 56% of all whale and dolphin species, from small fish-eating dolphins to the largest filter feeding whales, have been recorded eating marine plastics they've mistaken for food. Plastic is #NotWhaleFood. Each and every one of us can help to keep the oceans plastic-free and secure a safe future for these amazing creatures.
Between 5 million and 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the world’s oceans every year. That’s more than the combined weight of every single blue whale on Earth.
A single 1L bottle could break down into enough small fragments to put one on every mile of beach in the entire world.
A single use plastic bottle that makes its way into the ocean can take 450 years to break down, meaning it lives twice as long as a Bowhead Whale – one of the longest living creatures on the planet.
More than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world.
Up to 80% of litter that makes its way into the oceans comes from our towns and cities.
The colossal amount of plastic waste from single-use water bottles and other sources equates to more than the combined weight of every single living blue whale (the largest creature ever to have lived on earth) and equal to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every single foot of the world’s coastline. This number is set to double to 10 bags full by 2025. #NotWhaleFood is supported by BRITA and is being backed by Julia Bradbury and Michaela Strachan and kicked off with an urban beach clean with WDC staff and volunteers outside the Houses of Parliament to highlight that up…
Cosmetics giants are trying to persuade the European Union to limit a British ban on plastic poison microbeads. The Government announced plans for a ban on the use of microplastics in all rinse-off cosmetic products earlier this year following the Daily Mail’s Ban The Beads campaign. The proposed ban would cover make-up and mascara which contain tiny pieces of plastic, as well as body and face scrubs. However, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has lodged a formal objection with the European Commission. The industry body says that any ban should be limited to exfoliating scrubs and claims the proposal…
Soft drinks company accused of 'refusing to take responsibility for its role in the plastic pollution crisis' Coca-Cola produced a billion more plastic bottles last year compared to the previous 12 months, according to new analysis. The company does not publish data on the production of its bottles, but a study by Greenpeace found the amount of plastic being used by the soft drinks company has increased. The environmental campaign group said Coca-Cola is now producing more than 110 billion plastic bottles each year. Coca-Cola confirmed there has been an increase in the proportion of its packaging that is plastic bottles. The company says all…
Huge volumes of plastic waste were found during a single-day clean-up in the Russian Arctic. A large plastic pollution clean-up has seen 15 tonnes of plastic waste collected off the coast of the Russian Arctic Ocean in a single day. The shocking discovery was made along the coast of Murmansk in northeast Russia, which was previously considered one of the planet’s most pristine stretches of water. A new organization, The Slava Foundation, has been created to lead a new international effort to raise awareness of the impact of manmade pollution in the Russian Arctic. The clean-up, which was carried out by…
Tiny plastic particles released by synthetic fabrics can cause harm to marine life when they enter rivers and oceans Each cycle of a washing machine could release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment, according to a study. A team at Plymouth University in the UK spent 12 months analysing what happened when a number of synthetic materials were washed at different temperatures in domestic washing machines, using different combinations of detergents, to quantify the microfibres shed. They found that acrylic was the worst offender, releasing nearly 730,000 tiny synthetic particles per wash, five times more than polyester-cotton blend…
The pub chain’s decision to do away with straws is expected to stop 70m of them ending up in landfill or the sea every year. Here are some other plastics we perhaps could do without. Drinkers heading to Wetherspoon’s for a tipple will have to do without plastic straws from the end of this year as the cheap (and occasionally cheerful) high-street pub chain does its bit to tackle the problem of global plastic pollution. Following on the heels of companies such as Tesco, which last month announced it would stop selling its 5p single-use plastic bags, Wetherspoon’s senses the tide…
Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets. Following this week’s revelations in the Guardian about levels of plastic contamination in tap water, new studies have shown that tiny particles have been found in sea salt in the UK, France and Spain, as well as China and now the US. Researchers believe the majority of the contamination comes from microfibres and single-use plastics such as water bottles, items that comprise the majority of…
Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres. The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India…
An FAO study finds that more than 100 commercial seafood species ingest microplastic, which can be contaminated with toxins. More worrying are the unknown health effects of even smaller nanoplastics. There’s an estimated 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, most of it broken up into bits smaller than the nail on your pinkie finger. Marine animals eat this plastic when they mistake it for fish eggs, plankton and algae. And so do people when they slurp down oysters, consume crab or eat other types of fish and shellfish, according to the latest research on the presence of plastic in fisheries and aquaculture issued by…
Seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year with dozens of particles becoming embedded in tissues, scientists have warned, in findings described as 'sobering' by the Prince of Wales. Researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium believe that microplastics accumulate in the body over time and could be a long term health risk. And they say the amount of plastic absorbed will only get worse as pollution in the oceans increases, a finding described by the Prince of Wales as ‘sobering.’ The Prince has previously described micro-particles as 'grey goo.' Dr Colin Janssen, who led the…
12 SUP marathons completed on a board made from single use plastic bottles #oceanplastics. Congrats to @whalecompany's Carolyn & Carlos! Read More
Great Scottish Swim – Ready to go into the loch! Keeping hydrated using my @brita Fill & Go bottle! #swapforgood #NotWhaleFood Read More
Coming together to keep beautiful spots in #Cornwall free from #marinelitter. We love our coasts and the wildlife we share it with #NotWhaleFood Read More
Carrying out research to help @whales_org tackle #plasticpollution and ensure a safe, plastic-free future #NotWhaleFood! Read More
#singleuseplastic accessories making banana & blueberry smoothie taste even better! Positive choices every day! #NotWhaleFood #swapforgood Read More
#Inspiring! Nicola and Richard run the #zerowaste shop in Totnes, Devon. No #singleuseplastic in sight! #swapforgood Read More
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WDC are delighted to be working with BRITA on #NotWhaleFood to help raise awareness of the positive steps we can all take to help tackle the problem of single use plastic – which poses a real danger to whales and dolphins. BRITA has a strong commitment to sustainable business, with more than 50 years’ experience of providing a convenient and environmentally sustainable source of filtered water to customers at home and on the go. BRITA’s Fill&Go water bottles are designed with reducing the use of disposable products like single-use plastic bottles in mind. WDC are proud to work with a brand that…Read More
Renowned wildlife photographer Justin Hofman captured this amazing image highlighting the growing problem of marine litter last year whilst snorkelling. The photo is now a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition from the Natural History Museum in London. Justin said: It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it. What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This sea horse drifts long with the trash day in and…Read More
You’ve taken the pledge to cut down on single use plastic and now have a shiny new refillable water bottle – hooray! Now you need the Refill app! Refill is a national, practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing Refill points on every street in the UK. Friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses all over the country are welcoming you in to refill your water bottle – for free! Refill schemes are currently running in Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Bath and Bradford-on-Avon with Brighton, Norwich and Hunstanton launching…Read More