Plastics

Plastics beach clean on the Isle of Mull

Posted by Frank Hewetson — 23 June 2017 at 10:26am - Comments
Child on a beach holding old bottle caps
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Our beach clean began with a 2 hour drive up the most amazing coastline from Fionnphort to Ulva on the Isle of Mull (having stopped by Beluga II in Tobermory) to meet up with 3 very small local primary schools.

Cath and Janey from Marine Conservation Society arrived just after us, having had the same problems finding this quite beautiful and remote beach, only to find the school kids hard at work - getting stuck in to clearing up the seriously large amount of plastic waste.

Coca-Cola's marketing strategy = a gift for the End Ocean Plastics campaign

Posted by Louisa Casson — 22 June 2017 at 2:16pm - Comments
Picture of a Coke bottle on a beach
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Oh the irony. As part of a millennial-focused marketing strategy to associate Coca-Cola with beach holiday fun and sunkissed selfies, Coke last month launched its summer campaign. This year’s gimmick? Coke bottles labelled with exotic beach destinations and a competition to win glamorous holidays every day.

Why ironic? Because it's these very plastic bottles that are polluting the beaches and rivers of many of these holiday hotspots.

What I learnt on board the Beluga

Posted by Louisa Casson — 14 June 2017 at 1:26pm - Comments
Puffins flying around cliffs with the sea in the background
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This week hasn’t been a normal “day at the office”. I’ve spent the last few days on board the Beluga II, the Greenpeace boat currently sailing around the Scottish coast to document and investigate the impact of ocean plastic pollution on Scotland’s internationally significant wildlife.

Picture of empty Coca-Cola bottles on a beach in Scotland

When Coca-Cola washes its hands of the ocean plastic problem, this is where the problem washes up

Posted by Luke Massey — 12 June 2017 at 4:08pm - Comments
Picture of empty Coca-Cola bottles on a beach in Scotland
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Last week I was standing over a pile of plastic Coca-Cola bottles, on a remote beach in Mull on the west coast of Scotland. 

In Pictures: Campaigning to end Ocean Plastics, the Beluga II Tour so far

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 7 June 2017 at 1:08pm - Comments
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Greenpeace has brought its ship the Beluga II on an expedition of scientific research around Scotland

Last month our ship the Beluga II set sail on a two-month scientific expedition around Scotland investigating the impact of ocean plastic pollution on some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

How Scotland’s marine wildlife is in danger from plastic pollution

Posted by TishaBrown — 4 June 2017 at 8:27am - Comments
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Scotland is the envy of the world with its rich waters teeming with wildlife and spectacular coastlines and beaches. But it’s increasingly at threat from the scourge of marine plastic pollution.

Are basking sharks eating plastic? We went to find out.

Posted by Luke Massey — 31 May 2017 at 4:24pm - Comments
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Crew on the Beluga II search for basking sharks on the west coast of Scotland

“Basking sharks!”

At 5am, these words shatter the silence in the sleeping quarters on the lower deck of the ship.

The crew burst into life, wrestling on clothes, cameras, binoculars.

Up on the helm, eyes pace back and forth across the expansive blue of Gunna Sound – a known feeding ground for these gentle giants off the west coast of Scotland – searching for the elusive fins which moments before pierced the water.

And then… nothing.

Microbeads in the spotlight!

Posted by Louisa Casson — 2 March 2017 at 1:00am - Comments

This week, microbeads shot up the political agenda (again) - thanks to Greenpeace supporters (again!) and a host of coalition members.

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