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New Zealand Markets Go PLastic Free

New Zealand Grocery Stores Going Plastic Free

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Ban Straws. Ban Plastic Straws. The movement to ban single-use plastics is growing. There are still many issues; however, the movement is starting to tackle some of these issues. New Zealand seems to be leading the pack.

New Zealand has rolled out a Plastic Packaging Declaration that grocery stores seem to like. Foodstuffs, a grocery store, has signed on to the declaration with glowing results. Reports state that fruits and vegetable sales in plastic free stores show a 300% increase.

The country’s efforts to go plastic free will continue as the pledge requires stores to be plastic free or package their fruits and vegetables in material that can be recyclable or compostable by 2025.

The system is not perfect, as I highlight in this episode, but it is a great step forward in the plastic-free movement.

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the influx of zero waste stores

The Influx of Zero Waste Stores

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Zero waste stores are slowly popping up in places such as New York City, USA, Vancouver, Canada and now Devon, UK. These Mom & Pop stores are serving customers that tend to search for a more eco-friendly option in their local grocery story. Apparently business is booming for these shops as the owners of the shop in Devon say they are getting people that are not considered traditionally eco-friendly.

A recent article in the Guardian asks the question: Why Aren’t Major Grocery Chains offering a zero-waste option? Their customers are wondering the same thing. They wonder why a grocery store that is based on offering a number of product options do not offer a zero waste option. Instead, some grocery stores offer products such as clementines that are already peeled in a plastic container, individually. Does that really make sense? Not to me it doesn’t.

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The Ocean Clean Up Project Critiques

The Critics Have Spoken About The Ocean Clean Up Project With John Davis

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The Ocean Cleanup Project has gone through some growing pains over the past couple of weeks including having to tow the device into port because it broke apart at sea.

The critics have come out in droves all over the internet to point out that the Ocean Cleanup Project has dismissed scientific peer reviewed criticism. A new criticism has been put forth and Boyan Slat responded positively while at the same time calling the past criticisms “emotive critiques.” The problem with this reaction by Boyan is that the two previous criticisms were written by two women. Was Boyan referring to emotive because they were women?

John Davis and I discuss the backlash and the criticisms of the project and why it’s not helping the case of the Ocean Cleanup Project.

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10 Ways To Reduce plastic Use in 2019

10 Ways To Reduce Plastic In 2019

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As we start the New Year, it’s always good to go over how we can make better choices for the Ocean. The Guardian put out an article on 10 Ways You Can Reduce Our Plastic Use In 2019 and I thought it would be good to run through them. Some ways are easier than others. You might also find that you are doing some of the reductions already, but we can always do more.

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Ocean Clean Up Project Man Assaults Woman after requesting straw

Plastic Pollution Projects In The News

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There are projects that are happening all over the world with the purpose of trying to either clean up the Ocean of plastic pollution or prevent it from getting into the Ocean.

The Ocean Clean Up Projects Hits Another Snag

The 2000-foot Ocean Clean Up device has broken up into two sections in the Pacific Ocean Gyre. A 60-foot section broke off at one end of the large device in the rough weather in the area. This is the second reported setback the Ocean Clean Up Project has publicly reported. The device will be brought back to port to get fixed before it goes back out.

The Project predicted the device would clean up 50 tons of plastic per year until the 80,000 tons of plastic in the Gyre was cleaned up. According to Boyant Slat, the CEO, the device collected 4,400 lbs of debris since arriving at the Gyre.

Man Assaults Woman After Asking For a Straw At McDonald’s

A viral video of a man grabbing a female McDonald’s employee in St. Petersburg, Florida is making its rounds on the web. The man reportedly got mad after asking for a plastic straw. McDonald’s new policy is to keep the plastic straws behind the counter in an effort to reduce the amount of straws used at their locations.

It is not apparent whether the man was mad specifically about the straws or with something else.

The woman defended herself by striking the man repeatedly until the man let go of her. He is now being charged with assault. The employee is not being charged at this time and is being praised online for defending herself so well.

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plastic pollution in nigeria

Plastic Pollution In Nigeria and Son of the Blob in the Pacific

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Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan joins me for another segment of “What’s Happening in Marine Social Science This Week” where we discuss a plastic pollution story in Nigeria. The story describes a lawyer who was sick of seeing plastic on her beach so much that she started an organization involving community clean ups to help rid the beach of plastic.

I cover a story out of the North Eastern Pacific, where a warm water mass has formed and being dubbed the “Son of the Blob.” Some meteorologists are suggesting the that water mass may be responsible for the droughts and forest fires along the West Coast of North America.

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china won't take plastic

China Won’t Accept Plastic, What Now with John Davis

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For years China has been accepting plastic from many parts of the world include the US; however, the superpower stopped accepting plastic in “dirty” form last January (2018). The questions now is what does the US do with all of its plastic waste?

John Davis (OCTO) is here to try and answer the question as it has been the latest topic on the Marine-Debris Listserv. We discuss the new form the plastic must be in for China to accept it. We also discuss how cities are adapting to this new format and what they are doing with their plastic trash.

We would love to hear your ideas. You can join the Marine-Debris Listserv by going to https://marinedebris.openchannels.org/.

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