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Micro-plastics are a MACRO problem

What are micro-plastics? As we know, plastic takes hundreds of years to break down. It is rather crazy to think that every plastic toothbrush that we have had since we were children, still exists somewhere in the world. How to spot micro-plastics? Well, officially they are defined as plastics less than five millimetres (0.2 inches) …

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Fast fashion & waste – how bad is it?

Firstly, lets define fast fashion: “Inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.” (Dictionary online definition) Every year, we collectively purchase around 80 billion pieces of new clothing globally. A McKinsey and Company study found that fashion consumption increased by 60% between 2000 and 2014 alone. These statistics are staggering. This does not include production, …

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Carbon offsetting

As someone who is fond of travelling and experiencing interesting places around world, I have always wondered about carbon offsetting and how much a contribution can help when I jump on a flight. I have family that live overseas and so I am fairly regularly on planes to visit them. Carbon offsetting goes further than …

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The last straw?

In the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day [1] In the U.K, we are estimated to use 42 billion straws a year – this figure has been checked with the UKs impartial fact checker website[2], there is much debate about how accurate this figure is. However, even if …