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Recent BBC documentary, Drowning In Plastic, explained and displayed how trillions of plastic waste will affect our beautiful planet if we don’t change our ways immediately. Followed up by the disgusted reactions on Gogglebox, we are going to go through the main issues and how to react to them efficiently. Click here to view the documentary on BBC iPlayer.

Plastic Choking Our Blue Planet

Drowning in Plastic begins by showing viewers a bird vomiting up whole pieces of plastic including bottle caps and goes on to explain parents will mistake debris of plastic for food and feed it to their chicks. This causes malfunctions with their reproductive systems and ability to fly.

Mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish, micro-plastics for fish eggs or algae is becoming a deadly aspect of the food chain. Over 300,000 marine animals and over 400,000 seabirds are being killed every year due to plastic fishing nets. Fisherman are dependant on low-cost methods, due to plastic usually being their only option.

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How does this affect Humans?

Following recent research, which Drowning In Plastic covers, plastic has become the perfect carrier for bacteria which causes cholera in humans. Plastic acts as an infected knife cutting coral and spreading harmful bacteria.

It is estimated that over 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to proper waste management and are forced to throw their rubbish on their doorstep or nearby waterways, ultimately leading back into our oceans.

What are we doing to fight Drowning In Plastic?

Seabins are becoming more and more accessible and they work by “moving up and down with the range of tide collecting floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin”.

A fantastic idea, but they just aren’t big enough to deal with our astronomically large plastic problem in the water. However, there is something that is big enough; Mr. Trash Wheel, which combines solar and water power to lift rubbish and dispense it into a bin. Click here to watch a live stream of Mr. Trash Wheel now.

An entrepreneur from Indonesia has also found a natural alternative to replace plastic sheets and plastic packaging by making them with seaweed.

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What are we doing to fight plastic pollution?

Seabins are becoming more and more accessible and they work by “moving up and down with the range of tide collecting floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin”.

A fantastic idea, but they just aren’t big enough to deal with our astronomically large plastic problem in the water. However, there is something that is, called Mr. Trash Wheel, which combines solar and water power to lift rubbish and dispense it into a bin. Click here to watch a live stream of Mr. Trash Wheel now.

An entrepreneur from Indonesia has also found a natural alternative to replace plastic sheets and plastic packaging by making them with seaweed.

How can you help?

A few quick fixes include; reusing plastic bags/ bags for life, opting not to use straws unless they’re made out of paper and taking your own reusable cups into coffee shops.

We want long-term fixes and we want YOU to be involved in making them happen. We can achieve this together through local recycling and waste management. We have the resources available to segregate and recycle food waste, paper/ card, glass and most importantly, plastic.

Want to learn more about our plastic recycling? Click here or call 0370 350 6 350 and speak to a member of the Bakers team.

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