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Former University of Plymouth student becomes charity ambassador

Authored by Mary

A former University of Plymouth marine biologist student has become an ambassador for a charity tackling plastic pollution.

Mae Dorricott, 24, is a member of Plastic Pollution Awareness and Actions Project (PPAAP), which aims to end single plastic use - starting in the takeaway and restaurant industry.

And she was among businesses, scientists, innovators and teachers from...

Polluted Postcards 2018

A new exhibition, never been seen before, Polluted Postcards. Putting perspective into the world we live in and the world we are creating. Featured works are from local and international artists selected from an open call.

This exhibition will take place in The Cells located at Devonport Guildhall.

Selected Artists: Mustafa Akman, Florien Allemeersch, Leslie Atkins, Ade Awofadeju, Oktaravianus Bakara, Roelof Bakker, Stephen Beer, Kirsty Benedict, Stéphane Billot, Walter van Broekhuizen, Russell Bruce-Youles, Mary Elizabeth Cantu, Laura Carvalho, Steve Chapman, Scarlett...

Plastic art with a conservation heart at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Conservationists in Torquay have turned marine waste into thought-provoking art.

A new installation at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, combines education, plastic waste and inspirational creativity. And for zoo artist Jackie Kidd, the task has turned into an obsession - and a new hobby.

Jackie collected rubbish on beaches for 6 weeks to make the work. And she...

National Marine Aquarium joins the campaign to Refill Devon

Authored by News Desk

The National Marine Aquarium has joined over 30 local business in Plymouth to support the Refill Devon campaign.

‘Refill’ is one of the fastest growing and successful bottle refill schemes around the country. The practical tap water campaign aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street.

The National...

‘One of the most important films of our time’ comes to Dartmouth for one night only

Authored by HarryWild

For one night only, award-winning film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ will be coming to Dartmouth on Thursday 28 September for a rousing evening of inspiration, debate and enlightenment.

The feature-length documentary that Sir David Attenborough says is ‘one of the most important films of our time’, And that, ‘everyone should see this film”, is an eye-opening account of the eight million tonnes of...

‘One of the most important films of our time’ comes to Dartmouth for one night only

Authored by HarryWild

For one night only, award-winning film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ will be coming to Dartmouth on Thursday 28 September for a rousing evening of inspiration, debate and enlightenment.

The feature-length documentary that Sir David Attenborough says is ‘one of the most important films of our time’, And that, ‘everyone should see this film”, is an eye-opening account of the eight million tonnes of...

80 per cent fall in plastic bag use

Authored by News Desk

The number of plastic bags taken home by shoppers at Tesco stores in England has dropped by almost 80 per cent since a 5p levy was introduced according to a report

Supermarket bosses have declined to say how many 5p bags had been bought but said it was down 78% on the month before the charge, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The government brought in the charge in October to help...

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

Authored by Mary

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

The research, which was carried out in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, North Carolina Wildlife Resources...

Are your cosmetics killing the oceans?

Authored by Mary

Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study.

Research at Plymouth University has shown almost 100,000 tiny ‘microbeads’ – each a fraction of a millimetre in diameter – could be released in every single application of certain products, such as...

Lugworms find microplastic pollution not to their tastes

Authored by Sarah Parker

Tiny bits of plastic trash could spell big trouble for some of the smallest and most crucial members of the marine ecosystem according to scientific findings released today.

Research conducted by Plymouth University and the University of Exeter has revealed the unpalatable situation confronting the lugworm when it is exposed to high levels of microplastic in ocean sediments.

A...