Single-use plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and stirrers are banned in England from today (Thursday 1 October)
How many of these have been used in England each year?
According to the information published on the Government’s website around 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used each year in England alone.
How many tons of plastic reaches the oceans each year?
It is estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean globally each year. Marine wildlife injured or killed due to plastic pollution.
What can be done?
Individuals as well as businesses can take a number of steps to ensure sustainable methods to eliminate any unnecessary waste and minimise energy usage. The government is also committed to launching a £500 million Blue Planet Fund to protect the ocean from plastic waste, rising sea temperatures and overfishing.
Have you been exposed to environmental hazards?
If your health has been compromised by environmental hazards such as pollution, exposure to high magnetic fields of food contamination you can file a Personal Injury compensation claim.