December 1, 2021

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How You Can Do Even Better Than #TeamSeas

In this video I give you 5 things you can do to reduce plastic waste. The #teamseas movement is great, but there is so much more we can do to reduce the estimated 10 million tonnes of plastic and trash dumped into our rivers and oceans every day.

— Links to Conservation Organisations —-
The Ocean Conservancy https://oceanconservancy.org/
River Cleanup https://www.river-cleanup.org/en
Oceana https://oceana.org/
WWF https://www.worldwildlife.org/

— References —-
[1] How much plastic released into the ocean each day, and how much gets recycled

The Facts


[2] Global fossil fuel subsidies https://www.brookings.edu/research/reforming-global-fossil-fuel-subsidies-how-the-united-states-can-restart-international-cooperation/
[3] Average plastic use per capita per year
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/03/8-steps-to-solve-the-oceans-plastic-problem/
[4] Average UK and US plastic use per capita per year
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2020/11/11/which-two-countries-produce-the-most-plastic-trash-per-person/?sh=5392ba587187
[5] 93% of bottled water contains microplastics
https://time.com/5581326/plastic-particles-in-bottled-water/
[6] Exposure to microplastics is bad for women’s and men’s health
https://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/plastic
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7967748/
[7] Plastic Recycling is and Actual Scam

[8] How many times can plastic be recycled

How many times can plastic be recycled?


[9] 90% of plastic from 10 rivers
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/90-of-plastic-polluting-our-oceans-comes-from-just-10-rivers/
[10] The Ocean Cleanup’s poor track record
https://gizmodo.com/the-dream-of-scooping-plastic-from-the-ocean-is-still-a-1847890573
https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/9/18175940/ocean-cleanup-breaks-plastic-pollution-silicon-valley-boyan-slat-wilson

Coca-Cola funds endless cleanups, but doesn’t prevent more plastic bottles ending up in our oceans


[11] A lot of ocean plastic end up getting washed up on the shorelines
https://sci-hubtw.hkvisa.net/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141115
[12] Reduce flow of ocean plastic by 80% by 2040
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/07/23/breaking-the-plastic-wave-top-findings

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— Chapters —
00:00 Setting the Scene
01:55 1: Regulation
02:48 2: Reduce Plastic Use
04:15 3: Recycling is Not The Answer
05:02 4: Educate Ourselves
05:56 5: Cleanup
06:24 Team Seas Funds and Other Conservation Groups

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