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We are coming to the end of 2018 and across the country the question on everyone’s lips is how to #STOPtheplastictide. This year has been the year of single-use plastic and some big moments for those working on the issue of plastic pollution. So, with the need to respond to the UK Government’s consultation on banning plastic cotton buds, straws and drink stirrers[1] and the publication of The Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean 2018 survey results[2], we wanted to bring you a…
UK Government launches consultation on proposals to ban the sale and distribution of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England Fidra, the environmental charity behind the UK’s Cotton Bud Project welcomes the UK Government’s consultation[1] on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England and supports a ban on the distribution and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds [2].  Legislation is an important part of changing the way we use and value plastics. Banning the distribution and sale of cotton buds is a progressive step that will…
The issue and solution Ahead of the UN environment summit in Nairobi the UN Oceans Chief, Lisa Svensson, said ‘This [plastic pollution] is a planetary crisis’[1]. We feel the same, and over the past 5 years, staff at Fidra have been working with industry to help solve one part of this global issue; the pollution of single-use plastic cotton buds. As the 8th most common piece of plastic pollution found on our beaches[2] we realised that plastic cotton buds were…
Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies has been caring for consumers around the world for more than 130 years. We are deeply committed to the health of people and the environment, and safety is a priority for every product we make, earning the trust of generations worldwide.   Johnson & Johnson Ltd, the UK-based affiliate of our company, recognises that marine litter is an issue and we fully support efforts to limit environmental damage. We also back Fidra’s efforts to raise awareness and drive education on this topic.…
  Scottish Government: Plastic Cotton Bud Consultation The Scottish Government has now published a response report following its public consultation to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic stemmed cotton buds in Scotland. We were really encouraged to see that the vast majority of respondents, both individuals and organisations, supported the proposal to introduce a ban. Fidra believes a ban is the right course of action for the following reasons: Plastic cotton buds impact our marine environment  There are, on average, 27 cotton buds…
    UK Government announces a consultation to ban plastic stemmed cotton buds   We are very encouraged by the UK Government's decision to launch a consultation to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic stemmed cotton buds. The announcement illustrates the Government's continued commitment to tackle the pressing problem of plastic pollution. A Johnson & Johnson Ltd spokesperson stated: “We fully support the proposal to reduce the use of plastics in cotton buds in the UK. We recognise that…
Monday, 12 March 2018 13:47

Fidra on Countryfile

    Fidra Featured on Countryfile We were delighted to be featured on a special "Lothians and the Borders" episode of Countryfile last week. The episode focused on life in the Lothians and featured many of our favourite east Lothian haunts. Project Manager Sarah Archer and Research Officer Clare Cavers took Countryfile's Annita Rani for a walk along Gullane beach. Walking down Gullane's beautiful sand dunes, Annita said: "Just looking at it, it seems like a pristine beach." However, all…
    Scottish Government’s plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds On a cold East Lothian beach, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced the exciting news that the Scottish Government plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds. The Environment Secretary was joined by representatives from Fidra, news media from the BBC, ITV amongst others and more than 20…
Cotton buds—corporate change leads the way in the UK and Europe The Cotton Bud Project has been featured in the October issue of Oryx - a leading international journal of conservation. The Conservation News article describes the retailer engagement that has proven so successful in convincing retailers to transition from plastic to paper stems. The online article is available to read for free here.      
Friday, 29 September 2017 12:27

The seahorse and the cotton bud

The Seahorse and the Cotton bud... The Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards always showcase astounding photography, and this year's finalists are no different. Within the final selection is a poignant piece by Justin Hofman who managed to capture a seahorse wrapped around a pink plastic cotton bud stick through turquoise waters. The image highlights the interaction of wildlife and marine debris that is now commonplace worldwide.
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