Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is any plastic that ends up in the environment – from bottles and bags to less obvious sources like teabags and clothes. 

In the past 100 years humans have produced (and used) a lot of plastic. It’s cheap, strong, light and versatile, but all of it eventually ends up in the ground, in the air , and in the sea – which is where marine animals like albatross, dolphins and turtles ingest it.

Our plastic waste has invaded the highest mountains and deepest oceans. No one knows exactly how long it will take to disappear, but it’s at least hundreds of years. Plastic breaks down, not to disappear, but often to be ingested by the smallest of creatures. Human beings now ingest thousands of plastic particles a year from drinking water, the air and from our food chain.

Friends of the Earth wants to create a plastic pollution action plan, to examine all the impacts of this useful but potentially deadly material.

Plastic Free Bridport

Plastic free communities is a campaign run by Surfers Against Sewage. It provides a set of instructions for a town to attain “plastic free” status. In reality, no town in the Western world could rid themselves totally of plastic, without plastic our health service would struggle to function.

But the purpose is to to wean businesses and social groups off single-use plastics. The campaign enables businesses to become active and for scouts and school children to take part. While it doesn’t rid the town of plastic, it removes a significant part and also opens and maintains a dialogue between business, the council and groups like WD FoE.

Our town council has already indicated their desire to reach this goal in their acton plan for a climate emergency.

Anyone interested in joining the group who would like to canvas businesses, please email : info@westdorsetfriendsoftheearth.org.uk

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