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Do you support the WI Plastic Soup campaign?

The Women’s Institute is joining the battle to reduce plastic pollution of the oceans.

Many cosmetics and toiletries such as shower gels and anti-ageing creams, scrubs and even toothpastes contain thousands of tiny microbeads to add body and provide abrasion.  These tiny plastic beads are then flushed into our rivers and the sea and then eaten by fish and shellfish which we eventually consume. It has been estimated that an average plate of shellfish could contain as many as 50 plastic particles. In August last year 97% of our Silversurfers community were in favour of an immediate ban on microbeads in toiletries.

There is another issue now that is affecting us which is plastic fibres which are released when synthetic clothes are washed. These micro-fibres are reaching the sea. A single washing machine load can result in more than 700,000 microscopic fibres being flushed into waterways, according to a study by researchers at Plymouth University that was published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin last year. The fibres are too small to be filtered out by sewage treatment systems and end up in the sea, where they are eaten by plankton and ultimately end up being consumed by humans.

Almost 99 per cent of delegates to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ annual meeting in Liverpool voted in favour of making microplastic fibres the subject of a new campaign.

The WI said its Plastic Soup campaign would involve raising awareness as well as lobbying government. The WI will also try to persuade washing machine manufacturers and water treatment plants to introduce better filters to reduce the number of fibres entering the ocean.

What are your views?  Are you aware of this serious issue which ultimately affects the entire planet? Do you support the Plastic Soup Campaign? What else should be be doing?

 

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HeatherF7
5 days ago
1
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Thank you for raising the public awareness of this, we all need to think of the effects of our actins on the planet!!
Poppyrose
5 days ago
1
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When we are told that a plastic is bio degradable no it isn't. I worked in a plastic factory years ago and no it doesn't degrade it breaks into tiny pieces but then still sits in the earth. As to the oceans the whole world needs educating, we use plastic in everything from bottles to car fittings, to kitchen fittings, oil drums, shoes, glasses frames, picnic sets everything so there needs to be a concerted effort to find viable alternatives and as for black plastic rubbish sacks................................We are all guilty, we all need to try and make an effort to change our living habits.
PhillyK
5 days ago
1
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We can't keep ignoring the effect we are having on the planet and the animals we share it with.

There are alternatives to plastics, we have the technological knowledge to stop doing so much damage

We need to start taking this seriously before it really does become irreversible
Pam1960
12th Jun 2017
1
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I too was not aware of the micro plastic fibres issue. I fully support any campaign to reduce the amount of plastic going into our oceans. The first step should be to insist all new washing machines are fitted with an advanced filter. I'm not sure that it would be cost effective to retro fit filters on older machines but the idea of the nanoball seems to be a good idea. If these can be produced relatively cheaply I for one would certainly buy one
Kes
11th Jun 2017
4
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I was aware of the microbeads issue but not the micro plastic fibres. Sounds like a campaign that really does need more public awareness and positive action by manufactures.
Wilf
11th Jun 2017
4
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Yes wholeheartedly-I have been very disturbed about the amount of plastic and micro fibers going into our oceans and therefore the foodchain. I read recently if you have a plate of mussels you consume about 3,000 micro plastic particles as the mussels have consumed them. Fish are the same. What are we doing to ourselves? I see in the article about each clothes wash could have 700,000 particles going into the ocean...with a few million washes a day in the UK the sea must literally be a cloud of micro particles. We need to stop this now with better filters and more awareness-Where do I sign or help????
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Wilf
12th Jun 2017
0
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