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Know Your Enemy: The Secret Life of Microplastic.

Have you ever heard of microplastic? After reading this article you'll get to know your enemy a bit more!  image source: Oregon State University (under CC BY-SA 2.0) What is Microplastic? Microplastic is a very tiny piece of plastic that in length is less than 5mm.  These microplastic particles are seriously polluting the environment. It's believed that up to 75% of microplastics found in our oceans are from the breakdown of large plastic materials such as bottles and plastic bags.   How Are Microplastics Created? Microplastics are created by a range of sources including larger plastic debris that breaks down into these small pieces.  These microbeads are microplastics that are very small manufactured polyethylene plastics. These microplastics are commonly added to...

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The Benefits of Moving Away from Plastics

The use of plastics has been on a steady incline since the 1970s, and the impact that this massive increase in plastic use has had on the environment is unquestionable. As more and more companies pledge to reduce or even eliminate their use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, it is more important than ever to understand exactly why society needs to move away from plastics in favor of environmentally friendly options. Let’s take a closer look at the 4 main reason why moving away from plastics is beneficial. Plastic debris travels far Plastic debris doesn’t just end up in landfills. It ends up in rivers, in lakes, in oceans—and all around the world. The recent discovery of plastic debris in...

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Why All of Us Should Finally Stop Using Plastic Straws?

More and more countries or large retailers are banning plastic straws. Unfortunately bans alone won't change much, what we need is a global social movement! Luckily, plastic straws are quickly becoming a dining taboo, here's why: Less than 9% of all of the plastic we use every day gets recycled.  Instead, most end up in landfills or worst case scenario: in the ocean. That problem won't be fixed by saying 'no' to plastic straws, but from what environmentalists say letting go of a single piece of plastic could be the first step in a much-needed larger behavioral change. In September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a first-of-its-kind bill aimed at reducing straw waste in the state. Starting in 2019,...

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