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Sky Ocean Rescue in Ireland to reduce plastic waste

The country is Europe's biggest plastic polluter

  • June 15, 2018 18:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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The people of Ireland, Europe's biggest plastic polluter, are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact that plastic is having on their environment. The island nation produces 61kg of plastic waste per person each year. The average person typically uses six plastic bottles each week. Fewer than one in 10 feel they can avoid items packaged in plastic owing to a lack of alternatives. The large corporations need to invest more in research and development for sustainable and biodegradable packaging.

Ireland must protect the greatest national resource - the sea that surrounds the country. 82% of the people in Ireland believe that plastic waste is one of the most serious issues facing their country, with 2/3 of people having seen plastics in their local rivers and lakes. Sky Ocean Rescue has arrived in Ireland to encourage people to make easy, simple changes to stop the country being surrounded by plastic. Sky Ocean Rescue will be launched in Ireland with a visit by Plasticus, a 10m whale made up of a quarter of a ton of plastic to represent the amount that enters the world's oceans every second. It coincides with an inaugural staff beach clean at Bull Island. Washed up items will be collected from the beach and will be disposed of with the support of Clean Coasts.

Source: Sky news

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