DO YOU KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH?
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not the only marine trash
vortex-it's just the biggest. The Atlantic and Indian Oceans both
have trash vortexes. Even shipping routes in smaller bodies of
water, such as the North Sea, are developing garbage patches.
IT IS NOT LIKE AN ISLAND OF DEBRIS WITH ITEMS TOUCHING ONE ANOTHER.
ON THE CONTRARY!
It's more like a slimy, gelatinous, plastic soup, where the plastic has dissolved in the water to the extent that it is now a chemically rich, toxic film that floats near the surface with particulates of plastic of various sizes in it.
COUNTRIES TAKING A STAND AGAINST PLASTIC:
Dozens of countries have already imposed bans or taxes on single-use plastic bags, including the UK, Australia, France, China, and the Netherlands.
The Australian government endorsed a voluntary phase-out of microbeads in 2016. In the last few years, a spate of countries has proposed or implemented microbead bans, including the USA, France and New Zealand.
Wales and Canada joined the list and Ireland is expected to introduce a ban by the end of 2018. But the award has to go to the UK, for one of the toughest microbead bans in the world.
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Scotland banned single-use coffee cups in government buildings earlier this year and Wales may follow soon.
Many coffee outlets, including Starbucks, offer discounts to customers who bring their own reusable cups or tumblers.
The German city of Hamburg has banned the use of coffee pods in governmental buildings.
Kenya has one of the harshest laws:
those who violate the ban face four years in prison or a fine up to $39,000.
Many major cities and states around the world have implemented plastic straw bans, including Taiwan, Seattle, and Vancouver. India is cracking down, with plastic bans that affect the sale of straws in at least 25 of 29 states.
The European Union also recently proposed a plastic ban, in which straws are among 10 targeted items that make up 70% of all litter in EU waters and beaches.
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