Tag Archive for 'plastic bags'

Supermarket plastic bags do not help protect our precious sea life

January 24th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Five pence may not seen like much money to pay for the convenience of a thin-film plastic shopping bag but in a resource constrained world avoiding this superfluous purchase has many benefits. Supermarket plastic bags that are purchased are usually used for a very short time, and although they can be reused, most end up […]

Reduce weight of household waste to reduce the parish refuse rate

January 23rd, 2013 by Richard Lord

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department offers Guernsey residents the option of recycling a very large assortment of materials at the bring banks, at the Longue Hougue recycling facility, and at Chouet for green (garden) waste, but many people in our community do not use these facilities. The imperative to recycle is greater than […]

Thoughtful shoppers say ‘No’ to plastic bags

November 20th, 2012 by Project Aware

According to Project Aware an estimated 500,000,000,000 to 1,000,000,000,000 plastic bags are thrown away every year. Many of these plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose, and if they decompose while buried in landfills they produce gases harmful to our environment.

Increasing amounts of plastic litter on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean

October 24th, 2012 by Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, has found that the amount of plastic litter on the Arctic sea floor has increased. Her findings are reported in the paper “Increase of litter at the Arctic deep-sea observatory Hausgarten” published in Marine […]

5 Gyres shows the plastic pollution film ‘bag it’ on 18 December 2011

December 15th, 2011 by Events

5 Gyres brings to our attention the pervasiveness of plastic in our environment with their screening of the award winning film ‘bag it‘ through the online Constellation service. The film is being shown at 2030 EST (US eastern seaboard time zone) on 18 December 2011.

Jack Johnson says single-use plastic is not so fantastic

December 1st, 2011 by Richard Lord

Jack Johnson sang at a concert and to school children about the environmental impact of single-use plastic bags in Rebecca Hosking‘s acclaimed film “Message in the Waves“. Jack Johnson & Kokua Hawaii Foundation encourage you to be plastic free.  

Clearing the Guernsey shore of litter during Beachwatch weekend 2011

September 22nd, 2011 by Richard Lord

During a windy Saturday 17 September 2011 many volunteers, coordinated by the States of Guernsey Environment Department, participated in the Marine Conservation Society‘s Beachwatch Big Weekend by walking the Guernsey sea shore to collect litter.

“Shoulda brought your own bag” plastic bag warning goes Hip Hop

February 2nd, 2011 by Richard Lord

Charging for plastic bags cut bag consumption by half in China

December 4th, 2010 by University of Gothenburg

Research from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden shows that people in China – the number one consumers of plastic bags in the world – reduced their consumption of plastic bags by half when stores were forced to charge consumers for the bags. Use of plastic bags is a growing global environmental problem. As a […]

Dianna Cohen on TED: Tough truths about plastic pollution

October 23rd, 2010 by Richard Lord