The first synthetic polymer was invented in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, who was inspired by a New York firm’s offer of $10,000 for anyone who could provide a substitute for ivory.
Between 1990 and 2015 alone, an estimated 100 million metric tons of mostly plastic waste entered the oceans.
“As someone in ‘Alice’ advised, I’ll begin at the beginning, go on to the end, then stop. “
“There is a huge, huge issue of plastic pollution in the world, and we are in the fortunate position to be able to do something about it.”
Precious Plastic North Ronaldsay aims to build a plastic recycling centre, transform beach plastic waste into new products and turn the problem into a solution.
Giant slicks of plastic rubbish collect in our seas much of it floating on the surface. The most infamous one, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is in the North Pacific Ocean.
There is an estimated two to three million tonnes of plastics used in agriculture each year.
the Scottish Government will consult on a mandatory national food waste reduction target and the mandatory reporting of Scotland’s food surplus and waste by food businesses.
“It used to come in a light cardboard box – no problem – then, the manufacturers started to include a flimsy, single use plastic wrapper. “
The restrictions would be such that they would effectively be a ban on these products.