How businesses can tackle ocean plastic pollution

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Last month I attended an Innovation Forum on how business can tackle ocean plastic pollution – a two-day multi-stakeholder forum where businesses, government, innovators and NGOs came together to discuss and debate the most important issues and collaborate in an effort to improve practices and work to end ocean plastic. Attendees and speakers included Greenpeace, Plastic Pollution Coalition, UPSTREAM, Ocean Conservancy, WRAP, …

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Will you turn the tide on ocean plastic?

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Imagine you’re in a small boat, in the middle of the ocean. There is no land in sight. The waters here are deep and churning, and seemingly bottomless. They’re also teeming with life. There is a whole ecosystem thriving below you. One that has been evolving for millions of years, perfectly balanced, and serving all the species that form part …

Be part of the solution to tackle ocean plastic

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Living in South Devon, we’re lucky to enjoy one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. However, just like every other coastline on the planet, we’re facing a growing problem of plastic pollution that washes up on our local beaches with every tide. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Surfers Against Sewage to run monthly beach cleans on our local …

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Did you know about our Plastic Oceans?

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[Image courtesy of Plastic Oceans Foundation] Back in the 1950s we were sold a lie. We were told that plastic was disposable, that we could use it once and throw it away, without further thought. There were less people on the planet back then, and there was certainly less plastic. In the last 10 years, more plastic has been produced …

9 reasons to refuse single-use plastic

9 reasons to refuse single-use plastic

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Single-use plastic is everywhere. In a matter of mere decades, it has seeped into every corner of our lives. We are addicted to the convenience of single-use plastic. Although, when you step back to consider this, it’s astounding how we think it’s normal (for the average person) to buy a single-use plastic water bottle, take-away coffee cup, lunch wrapped in disposable …

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Long live Hope…

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Last weekend I attended the amazing Festival of Hope at the Eden Project in Cornwall, featuring a dazzling array of campaigners, change-makers and entrepreneurs driving positive change for our planet. There was plenty to feel hopeful about. The Core building was buzzing with creativity – music, film, art, exhibits and talks showcasing brilliant ideas and innovations inspired by challenging the status quo and …

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Let’s make it an Ethical Black Friday…

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Today is set to be one of the biggest shopping days ever! Each year our collective insatiable consumer appetite keeps on growing, which can only be bad news for the planet and all the other species we share it with. Whilst purchasing nothing is always the best option for the planet, there are occasions purchasing something wisely allows us to do …

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How to keep plastic out of the oceans (and why)

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Last Saturday Less Plastic teamed up with Surfers Against Sewage and lots of willing volunteers to clean one of our nearby beaches, South Milton Sands in South Devon. This stunning beach is a favourite among locals, with its long stretch of golden sand, grassy dunes, iconic arch-shaped Thurlestone Rock, and wetlands teaming with wildlife. Yet despite its natural beauty, each tide …

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10 marine litter facts (and how you can help reduce plastic pollution)

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Ahead of our Autumn beach clean tomorrow with Surfers Against Sewage at South Milton Sands, we wanted to share 10 marine litter facts, and also some tips to help reduce plastic pollution. 10 facts about marine litter… 1. A plastic bottle left on the beach may last for more than 450 years in the marine environment. 2. Plastic makes up the …

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6 reasons to always carry a reusable water bottle (and never buy bottled water again!)

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Bottled water is the world’s bestselling soft drink. In the UK alone, we glugged 2.4 billion litres of the stuff in 2015, which rose to 2.8 billion litres in 2016 – an alarming upward trend. Although staying hydrated is good for us, achieving this by downing 22 billion plastic water bottles globally each year is decidedly not good for our planet. …