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Non recyclable plastic waste can be used to produce Hydrogen

Since we started Banana Crumble we have often featured articles about plastic and the different good news schemes that are around to help reduce the amount of contaminated plastics that end up in landfill or the sea. We have recently read an article from Chester University saying that they have found a way to use non recyclable plastic waste to produce Hydrogen. This in turn can be used to heat homes and fuel cars without producing greenhouse gas emissions. This new technology will be used commercially at a plant near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. It is schemes like this that are good news as hopefully by using this technology it will mean that millions of tonnes of waste can be used rather than ending up destroying the environment on both land and in the sea.

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This could be the last straw!

Having featured many stories about pollution, plastics and the environment over the last few years it is good to see that the British Government are now going to ban plastic drink stirrers, straws and cotton buds with effect from April 2020. It is estimated that 316 million of these products are used in a single year!

We have all seen first hand the horrific pictures of animals that have been affected by plastic and read stories and seen television programmes about the damage that has been caused by pollution.

We know this is only a first step and there is a long way to go to reduce the plastic pollution but this is a starting point and hopefully the first of many steps that will eventually save our environment. By each and everyone of us making a difference then the cumulative effect of this will be seen and benefits gained much quicker.

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As they say from little acorns…

On a recent trip to a favourite beach in Spain we were horrified to see how much rubbish had been washed up on the beach. I think there has been so much media coverage about the scourge of plastic that I for one am far more aware of the devastating effect it has on the environment. There had been a storm so maybe it was worse than usual. The beach had bins and was cleaned on a regular basis but all we could see along the shoreline was plastic lids, pieces of plastic, bottle tops and general rubbish. I decided I would walk along the piece of the beach and pick up all the rubbish in the area in front of me, fully aware it was a token gesture as I could never remove all the plastic but I wanted to feel I had done something!!

I started collecting and then the lady next to me started to do the same and then the man next to her!! Before we knew it a long stretch had been cleaned and there was no obvious rubbish.

As they say from little acorns…

Perhaps we could all do just a little bit and see how far it takes us!!

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