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ECO Church - The problem of Ocean plastic

St Andrew's Church, in order to prevent them going into landfill, recycles sweet biscuit wrappers with a Company called 'TerraCycle' who turn the wrappers into something picture of the Oceanuseful like pencil cases, tables or buckets. This activity of the Church relates to the fifth Mark of Mission of the United Reformed Church. viz.

The Five Marks of Mission of The United Reformed Church

  • to proclaim the good news of the kingdom;
  • to teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
  • to respond to human need by loving service;
  • to seek to transform unjust structures of society;
  • to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, to sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Recently, 'TerraCycle' announced a new initiative to recycle Ocean plastic as well as post consumer recycled plastic by partnering with the 'Procter & Gamble' Company.

'The 'Procter & Gamble' Company has partnered with 'TerraCycle' to create the 'Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle', ( 'Fairy' washing up liquid bottle), which is made from 90 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and 10 percent ocean plastic. The bottle, which will be launched in the U.K. in 2018, aims to raise awareness of the issue of ocean plastic and what can be done to prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean.

“As the world’s no. 1 dishwashing liquid globally and a much-loved brand in the U.K., we want to use 'Fairy' to raise awareness about the plight of our ocean and raise awareness about the importance of recycling,” said Virginie Helias, vice president of Global Sustainability at 'Procter & Gamble', in a statement. “Our consumers care deeply about this issue, and by using ocean plastic, we hope to show that the opportunities are endless when we rethink our approach to waste.’’

With the 'Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle', and the intent to extend the initiative across other brands and regions in the future, 'Procter & Gamble' continues to leverage the power of its brands to inspire change. In an effort to divert plastic waste from landfill and the ocean, 'Procter & Gamble' brands, including 'Fairy', 'Dawn', 'Yes', 'Dreft' and 'Joy', will continue to divert 8,000 metric tonnes of plastic from landfill for use in transparent plastic bottles, using an average of 40 percent post-consumer recycled plastic content across 481 million of our transparent dish care bottles globally.

‘’We are proud to be working with an iconic brand like 'Fairy' to launch a fully recyclable bottle made from 100 percent recycled plastic and ocean plastic,” said Tom Szaky, CEO of 'TerraCycle', in a statement. “The issue of ocean pollution is a pertinent one, we hope other brands will be inspired to think creatively about waste and make the circular economy a reality.’’ '

Also, in Kenya, the people there have decided to do something about the plastic bottles clogging up the beaches in Lamu Island. By using the plastic to build boats instead of using wood, they also hope to protect the Island's woodland.


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