Plastic Swamp

Plastic Swamp: new images show how idyllic Caribbean island has been ruined by rubbish. Beaches in Honduras are being choked by a solid mass of plastic bottles, wrappers and other recyclable waste. The distressing set of photographs show just how big a problem plastic pollution has become in our oceans. In one of the photographs, a diver can be seen wading his way through the solid mass of waste in the sea. Comes hot off heels of BBC documentary Blue Planet II which highlighted plastic’s devastating effect A distressing set of photographs from the Caribbean have shed a light on just how big a problem plastic pollution in the ocean has become. Beaches in Honduras are being choked by a solid mass of bottles, wrappers and other recyclable waste turning the once-idyllic island into a floating landfill site. In one of the photographs, a diver can be seen wading his way through the rubbish and in another a man on horseback grimaces as he looks down at the wrecked beach below him. It comes hot off the heels of the BBC documentary Blue Planet II fronted by Sir David Attenborough which highlighted plastic’s devastating effect on our oceans and poisoning sea creatures. It is thought the rubbish was washed into the sea from nearby Guatemala, carried on rivers swollen by the recent rainy season flowing through towns and villages. The sight disgusted photographer Caroline Power, who shared the images online to raise awareness of the problem. She wrote: ‘This has to stop – think about [the plastic you use in] your daily lives.’ John Hourston, of the Blue Planet Society, which campaigns to protect the oceans, said it was the worst example of plastic pollution he has seen. He pointed out that plastic gets broken down into microscopic particles that enter the food chain when plankton and fish eat them. He added: ‘It is thought that 90 per cent of sea birds have ingested some sort of plastic, and there are many examples of turtles and whales mistaking plastic for food. ‘We all have a part to play in reducing plastic waste but manufacturers and government need to take the lead. It’s a global problem which needs a global solution.’ The ‘Banish the Bags’ campaign led to a huge reduction in single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, and now we are calling for a deposit scheme on plastic bottles. ‘In a major victory for our ‘Ban The Beads’ campaign, last year ministers pledged to outlaw toxic microbeads which are poisoning our seas.

Plastic Ocean

This film contains images that viewers may find disturbing

United Nations – Plastic – both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet.

Over 300 million tons will be produced this year. Most is never recycled and remains on our land and in our seas for ever. Our story shows the damage to all creatures who depend on the ocean for their food – from birds… to us. 21st Century: Episode #126 This is an adaptation from the original documentary “A Plastic Ocean” by the Plastic Oceans Foundation

Coca Cola’s Nasty Plastic Problem

Coca Cola’s Nasty Plastic Problem

By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea.

Ten tons of plastic are produced every second. Sooner or later, a tenth of that will end up in the oceans. Coca-Cola says it wants to do something about it – but does it really? In January 2018, Coca-Cola made an ambitious announcement: The brand, which sells 120 billion plastic bottles every year, promised a “world without waste” by 2030. But filmmaker Sandrine Rigaud was skeptical about this ostensibly noble resolution. In Tanzania, for example, far from the company’s American headquarters, a different picture emerges. Here everyone waits for red-and-white buses and walks by red-and-white walls, and the children play with red-and-white equipment in the playgrounds. The Coca-Cola logo is ubiquitous. But what is even more worrying is that history is repeating itself here. As it did 50 years ago in the United States, Coca-Cola has been continuously replacing glass bottles with plastic ones since 2013. Coca-Cola Vice President Michael Goltzman tries to play down the problem, saying it’s not the plastic bottles themselves that are the problem, but the lack of suitable infrastructure in Tanzania.