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

Plastic pollution has consistently increased over the last 20 years. Recently, a campaign has begun to pick up pace regarding the absurdity of single-use plastic straws. This global movement aims to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills and oceans. The plastic pollution collation seeks to push for a change in restaurant protocol and practices in local communities around the world.

In the last week, JD Wetherspoon has stopped automatically putting plastic straws into drinks, becoming the latest pub chain to put an end to the wasteful practice.

You may remember the shocking viral video from 2015, where a sea turtle had a plastic straw stuck up its nose and was in distressing pain and discomfort. Since then, there has been a number of other incidents such as over 30 plastic bags being found inside a dead whales stomach. Experts estimate there are five trillion pieces of plastic litter floating on the worlds oceans, discarded by a throw-away society and killing countless animals a year.

Plastic never goes away

Plastic is a durable material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of it is used once and then discarded. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.

Plastic piles up in the environment

Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year; only 8 percent of it gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills or becomes ‘litter’, and a small portion is incinerated.

Plastic affects human health

Chemicals leached by plastics are in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.

Together we can make a difference

This is something close to our hearts here at Micro-Fresh, where we have a genuine care for the environment and aim to promote a healthy lifestyle. We use mineral salts that are free from restricted substances and substances of very high concern. The result is an effective anti-mould treatment that isn’t harmful to the environment. Join us, and sign the pledge:

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please/

 

 

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