Astounding statistics have recently been published by WRAP showing that 8.3 billion single-use plastic bags were given out in the UK in 2013 – an increase of 10 per cent since 2010. Across Europe, some eight billion plastic bags end up as litter every year
Blakeney Marshes, North Norfolk, is a haven for seals, migrating and breeding birds, shell fish, marsh grasses, shrubs and other vegetation. It's a huge and vital ecosystem that also provides enormous economic benefit for the local community. A morning walk revealed an insidious invasion of these marshes. Plastic.
I hate to see litter by the roadsides, but the accumulation of debris in the ocean is out of sight and therefore out of mind. My first research project at EIA focused on the impacts of marine debris on cetaceans. I was alarmed to read that 6.4 million tonnes of litter is dumped in oceans every year