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New York City says goodbye to plastic drinking straws
New York City says goodbye to plastic drinking straws

During a conference in Manhattan, a member of the New York City Council, Rafael Espinal, announced a bill aimed at banning plastic drinking straws.
According to the National Park Service, more than 500 million straws per day are consumed in the United States! Many restaurants in New York have already joined the Give a sip campaign, promoted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and are committed to using straws made of alternative materials to plastics, such as bamboo or paper.
New York, forse, metterà al bando le cannucce di plastica

According to the Guardian, the bill provides fines of 100 to 400 dollars for the premises surprised to distribute plastic straws, but will admit exceptions for disabled or sick people who, for drinking, need a straw.

What if we could build our roads with recycled plastic?
What if we could build our roads with recycled plastic?

Billions of litres of oil make up the world’s roads and there are currentrly trillions of pieces of plastic in the ocean. Today, we can build our roads with recycled plastic!

We can do it thanks to a Scottish engineer, Toby McCartney: he founded MacRebur, a company that uses waste materials to replace part of bitumen in any asphalt mix.

Toby McCartney found a revolutionary invention with which MacRebur intends to solve 3 world challenges:

– Use up millions of tons of waste plastic that sit in our landfill sites
– Reduce the millions spent on new roads, maintenance, and pothole repair
– Make roads stronger and longer lasting

By paving roads with recycled plastic it’s possible to help solve our plastic waste epidemic, reduce global carbon emissions and make our roads more lasting: the road is 60% stronger than a regular asphalt road and can last 10 times longer.
Many countries are paving the way forward with “plastic roads”: the Netherlands plans to pave roads entirely from recycled ocean waste and India is already fixing potholes with plastic waste!

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 3 times the size of France
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 3 times the size of France

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world. This mass of garbage is located between Hawaii and California and it’s three times bigger than France. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation have conducted the most extensive analysis ever of this area: the GPGP covers an estimated surface area of 1.6 million square kilometers.

The GPGP, also known as Pacific Trash Vortex, is like an island, floating on the ocean’s surface. It’s almost entirely made of plastic that weigh an estimated 80,000 tonnes. This is incredible! A total of 1.8 trillion plastic pieces were estimated to be floating in the patch – a plastic count that is equivalent to 250 pieces of debris for every human in the world.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is made of little pieces and bigger pieces of plastic, easier to remove. The experts fear that the deterioration of the bigger pieces into microplastics, the result of sun exposure, waves, marine life and temperature changes, will worsen the problem. Animals confuse the plastic for food, putting at risk their overall behavior, health and existence.
But there are health and economic implications for humans as well: once plastic enters the marine food web, there is a possibility that it will contaminate the human food chain.
This is something that we need to avoid.