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National Marine Week

National Marine Week: why is it necessary and what is being done to help?

As it's National Marine Week, it's important to discuss the harmful effect that our plastic usage has on the environment, especially the ocean.

An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans each year; that's the equivalent of one truck of rubbish per minute. This ends up ingested by marine life, entrapping turtles and seagulls, and even littering their homes—plastic is now found trapped within Arctic ice.

The Trash Isles

The Trash Isles is an area of land completely made from trash and as large as a company. Together, LADbible and the Plastic Oceans Foundation have campaigned for this to officially be recognised as the 196th country in the world—there is even a Change.org petition to see this through legally. This campaign really puts into perspective how much waste the human race creates and the consequences of this have proven devastating.

Adidas's upcycled clothing 

Adidas has recently revealed their goal to increase the number of clothing made from recycled plastic, similar to other companies such as TALA and Pretty Little Thing, who recently brought out a recycled range. In 2018, Adidas produced more than five million pairs of shoes made from recycled plastic waste, with plans to double that in 2019. It's great to see popular clothing brands make this move to be more conscious of how their business decisions impact the planet and how they can do their bit to help.

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When it comes to household products like shampoo and laundry detergent, most people throw away the empty bottle or stick it in the recycling. It’s good that many more of us are recycling nowadays, but what if that one bottle could be reused and refilled over and over again? That could dramatically cut plastic waste in the first place, before it gets to the point where we need to recycle. We’re working on a range of packaging options to do exactly that. These include Cif ecorefill, a new technology that allows consumers to refill and reuse their Cif spray bottles for life. Nine of our brands are trialling reusable packaging innovations on LOOP, a waste-free shopping system where empties are collected from the home, washed, refilled and delivered back. In Chile, we’re trialling an app-powered dispensing system that uses electric tricycles to deliver to people’s doorsteps. And our All Things Hair Refillery in the Philippines gave consumers the opportunity to refill their regular Unilever shampoo and conditioner brands in-store and pay by weight. Another step on our journey to a circular economy for plastic and packaging. #ReuseRevolution Click on the link in our bio to read more.

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Big conglomerates must reduce their plastic footprint in order to reduce as much damage as possible. Unilever are tackling the war on plastic by identifying that cheap, single-use plastic is the most harmful materials they could be using during this climate crisis and have vowed to change this by using a circular economy approach; moving from a 'take-make-dispose' model, the company will be using material that can be reused and recycled to minimise waste. If more big corporations took this approach when packaging and making their products, there would be a massive difference.

What you can do
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The biggest change you can make in your personal life is to stop using plastic as much as possible, while also reducing or completely diminishing seafood from your diet; to save fish you need to stop eating them. While every little help is important, it has been scientifically proven that banning straws is not enough to save the ocean where less than 1% is polluted by straws, while fishing nets account for 46% of ocean pollution and results in the death of by-catches such as dolphins, turtles and sharks. You can also reuse shopping bags, use your own coffee cups and buy plastic-free vegetables to help.

Hopefully National Marine Week inspires you to do your bit to help tackle the plastic pollution issue that is one of today's greatest threats to life as we know it. Let us know below what you're doing to help.