Welcome to our plastic challenge!

Hello from Bryony, Jen, and Tom of Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch. Throughout the month of June we are attempting to go without single use plastics. Why? Well, we want to highlight the huge issue of plastic pollution, particularly in relation to the ocean environment where we work. We love whales, dolphins, porpoises, and all…

Local store promoting eco-friendly products

Top Banana is a relatively new health food store based in Saddlestone selling a selection of veggie/vegan/gluten-free and eco-friendly products. The manager, Jane, will go out of her way to help out and try to a product in on request. I have been chatting to Jane for some time now about our plastic-free challenge and how…

Epic beach clean!

Don’t underestimate the power of people. 85 weeks. Hundreds of volunteers. 5 MILLION KILOGRAMS OF RUBBISH REMOVED! Started by just one man, concerned with the state of his local patch it grew in to the world’s largest beach clean! You can do your bit to keep your local patch clean, on your own or with…

38 MILLION plastic pieces

38 MILLION! It’s kind of an incomprehensible number really, but that’s the estimate for how many pieces of plastic can be found on one island! “Across the board, no country got a free pass on this – we found bottles from Germany, containers from Canada… a fishing crate from New Zealand. What is says is…

Progress

We have now been plastic-free for 11 days, go us!! We have to admit, it’s been tough but we are feeling pretty good about ourselves. During our first week, we decided to use up all produce in plastic that we had bought before we embarked on the plastic-free month and kept the packaging that wasn’t…

Seabirds eat plastic!

Check out this article from the Guardian. Sea birds face all kinds of pressures, and ingesting plastic is a particularly horrible one. It seems odd to us that an animal would eat something that is so obviously not food, but scientists have found it is due to the way the plastic waste smells! It isn’t…

‘A Plastic Ocean’ Trailer

Check out the trailer for the great documentary film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ and join us next week on Saturday 17th at the Peel Centenary Centre. See our event page for more details We can’t wait to see you all there

30 plastic bags in whale’s stomach

One of the reasons why we are giving up single-use plastics this month and sharing this information with all of you. The plastic we throw ‘away’ doesn’t get far, it ends up in our oceans and often in the amazing animals that live there, like this beaked whale. Time to ditch the single-use plastics, don’t…

Plastic is not fantastic

“more than eight million tonnes of plastic leak into the oceans each year. This is equivalent to dumping a truck of plastic into the sea every minute. It is now predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish” The sad truth is a lot of the plastic waste we…

Giving up disposable coffee cups

‘”If it’s good for the environment, it’s good for business. I absolutely believe this.”‘ A nice article from Australia, but still very relevant, about moving away from disposable and to reusable coffee cups. We have our lovely colourful Ecoffee Cup, available from Shakti Man which we take everywhere, just in case the caffeine cravings kick…

Journey into the Plastisphere

‘”I don’t think anyone in their right mind would say that we should get rid of plastics” he adds. He rattles off a few of the industries revolutionized by plastic: medical, computing, aeronautics. It’s the single-use material that the scientists wish we would all use more judiciously. Over lunch at a cafe on campus, Amaral-Zettler…

Plastic fantastic?

Plastic is everywhere, and it’s not all bad all the time. Right now I’m typing this on a computer with many plastic components in it, and as a scientific researcher I use my computer a lot. Take a look around you now and there are probably countless plastic items in view. There’s useful plastic in…