Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Zero Waste News: Beach audit reveals which brands are worst offenders for plastic waste

Beach audit reveals which brands are worst offenders for plastic waste

Knowing where trash comes from is the first step in figuring out better, more sustainable solutions.

Freedom Island is a beautiful stretch of mangrove-lined beach, just outside of Manila, in the Philippines. It is an artificial beach, created in the 1970s when a coastal highway was built, but it has become an important habitat for migrating birds from Siberia, Japan, and China. The government declared it a 'critical habitat' in 2007 and it was listed as a 'Ramsar wetland of international importance' in 2013.

Unfortunately, Freedom Island is also covered in trash. It is considered to be one of the dirtiest places in the Philippines, a country that already is notorious for mismanaging 1.88 million metric tonnes of plastic waste annually. In an effort to figure out what kinds of trash are clogging the beach -- and which companies are responsible for producing this trash -- Greenpeace Philippines conducted a 'waste audit,' together with partners from the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement.

Full story at http://bit.ly/2fq26Hr

Source: https://www.treehugger.com

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