Danone joins fight against plastic waste in New Zealand

Carlton Robbins
June 10, 2018

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the call is coming on the heels of the 2018 World Environment Day slated for June 5, with the theme: "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife - and our own health.

Some 86% support supermarkets moving towards more refillable and reusable packaging instead of single-use plastics and more than nine out of 10 (91%) think they should be working towards reducing their overall packaging.

At another event to mark World Environment day Union Minister Jitendra Singh appealed to educational institutions and students to make society aware about the ill effects of using plastic. The main causes of these problems are uncontrolled physical development, lifestyle and consumption patterns as well as irresponsible human acts such as the use and disposal of plastic bottles which leads to river and sea pollution. Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

Maharashtra has banned the use of plastic, but the Gujarat government is citing the probable loss of jobs to avoid such a measure.

"On the World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet".

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"When it comes to plastic pollution, Brits are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore".

Every year, 91 countries, and hundreds of green awareness campaigns and organisations, including TGRC, come together to celebrate this significant day concerning our environment.

"Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans". In fact, micro-plastics have now even entered basic food like salt, bottled water and tap water...

The ministry also announced that it will no longer use disposable plastics and has since installed water dispensers to replace bottles with glasses and cups in offices and meetings in bid to improve plastic recycling and reduce plastic waste.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: "Plastic is a valuable resource, and one which can help generate additional income when recycled properly, yet we are throwing it away, adding to pollution in Scotland, and wasting public money that could have been invested in schools, parks or local facilities". The target of this year's United Nations campaign is to make sure that people around the world are free of the over-consumption and reliance of single-use plastics.

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