"If we all do a little, our combined actions can be massive".
Past year the National Green Tribunal introduced a ban on disposable plastics in Delhi, while non-biodegradable plastic bags are banned in many states."Halving the plastic input from the catchment areas of these rivers would already be a major success", says Schmidt. That's a heck of a lot of plastic. Some of the exhibits at The Nat included examples of items that are more sustainable and reusable than plastic.
According to the United Nations, the action focus for this year's observance is "preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean" to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. One million sea birds and 100, 000 marine creatures are killed annually due to plastic pieces. Most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and harming or killing marine life. Recent news articles have documented whales with 18 pounds of plastic in their stomachs, huge areas in the North Pacific Ocean choked with plastic debris, and shorelines contaminated with plastic detritus. It literally starved to death. According to his announcement at the closure of the summit, the charter will encourage further recycling and repurposing of all single-use plastic.
Designed for United's next season, the club's third kit will be worn on pitch for the first time during United's summer tour in the US.
For years now, environmental non-profit Parley for the Oceans and Adidas have been kicking out an array of products made (at least in part) from plastic diverted from the oceans.
While at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Vancouver this week, the Company jointly hosted sessions with the Ocean Project and its Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to get perspective from the next generation by posing the plastics challenge to local students. "We hope that our study will make a contribution to a positive development so that the plastic problem in our oceans can be curbed in the long run". Governments must move beyond voluntary agreements to legislate binding reduction targets and bans on single-use plastics, invest in new and reuse delivery models for products, and hold corporations accountable for the problem they have created.
What can you do to help?
"We need to be working together, bringing in not just governments - because often there's a focus on governments - but you need to be bringing in industry when you're talking about plastic pollution because we're talking about what materials we're using. I carry my own cloth bag to the market or shops", says Abhijith Muralidharan, a PhD Scholar at the Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology & Biochemistry, CUSAT.