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18 April 2013

SAR’s French member Surfrider Foundation Europe is rallying citizens’ support to demand an EU ban on disposable plastic bags.

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27 December 2012

Unilever has agreed to phase out micro beads from all its personal care products in a great success story for the marine environment and Seas At Risk member organisations the North Sea Foundation and MCS.

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21 August 2012

A major new campaign to tackle microplastics entering the marine environment has been launched. SAR has signed on to help solve the problem of micro beads found in 100’s of personal hygiene products that can end up down our plug holes and into our seas.

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03 July 2012

European Green groups GAIA, EEB and Seas At Risk have called on the European Commission to ban single-use plastic bags on the occasion of International bag-free day. A year after a public consultation on the topic, still no plan has been set out for an EU approach.

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02 July 2012

Marking International bag free-day, over 30 NGOs are making a final call to EU Environment ministers ahead of the July 15 deadline for setting marine litter targets, as required under EU law. In an open letter sent to all 27 ministers, the NGOs are calling for ambitious and significant reduction targets for 2020.

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24 April 2012

The results of UK beach clean-ups in 2011 and a Europe wide beach clean last month by Seas At Risk member orgranisations have shown the extent of marine litter on beaches and the huge public support for tackling the problem.

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12 January 2012

Over 70% of respondents to a European Commission public consultation have voted in favour of a ban on the distribution of plastic bags. Green groups Seas At Risk and EEB say the Commission should now act on this overwhelming support and implement a ban across Europe.

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06 December 2011

It is estimated by scientists that around 250 billion pieces of plastic are swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. With this in mind, it’s good to know there are solutions at our disposal and on Seas At Risk’s educational website Learn2sea.org we’ve uploaded some excellent new materials for teachers, children, adults, industry and NGOs to discover more!

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21 September 2011

Scientists have discovered another unlikely source of microplastics that are plaguing our beaches and seas: Putting clothes made out of synthetic fabrics through the washing machine!

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09 August 2011

In response to the European Commission’s consultation on reducing the use of plastic bags, Seas At Risk has put full support behind the call for a Europe wide ban on disposable bags and measures to encourage the uptake of sustainably sourced long life alternatives.

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18 May 2011

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on plastic carrier bags and in particular is assessing the effectiveness of a ban or levy to discourage and reduce their use.

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28 March 2011

40,000 people, 35 countries and over 950 clean-up operations across the globe has signalled to policy makers that marine litter must be taken seriously and acted on accordingly through appropriate legislation.

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28 January 2011

Representing the interests of plastics manufacturers, the lobby group Plastics Europe has complained to the European Commission and is trying to overturn an Italian government initiative that would reduce the amount of plastic bags entering the marine environment.

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24 November 2010

‘Stop ai sacchetti di plastica’ or otherwise known as ‘Stop plastic bags’, the current campaign being run by Italian NGO and Seas At Risk member Legambiente, calls for an outright ban on a menace to the marine environment - the disposable plastic bag.

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14 October 2010

The largest annual beach clean-up across the United Kingdom will take place this September as previous survey data gives little hope for a fall in litter quantities.

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17 September 2010

Ministers attending next week’s high level meeting of the OSPAR Commission in Norway will be asked by Seas At Risk, KIMO International and other environmental NGOs to support a manifesto calling for urgent action to deal with marine “garbage patches” and the build up of marine litter in the North-East Atlantic.

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15 September 2010

After a successful beach clean-up in the Netherlands by Seas At Risk members the North Sea Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation, the groups will present their results to Ministers at the OSPAR Environment Summit later this month.

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19 April 2010

In response to a formal written question put forward by Caroline Lucas MEP, the European Commission has acknowledged the problem of waste at sea but has given little hope for immediate action to prevent this spiralling problem.

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15 January 2010

Surfrider Foundation Europe (SFE) has launched its annual Ocean Initiatives campaign and beach clean up event to raise awareness on marine waste.

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01 July 2009
The world’s seas are gradually filling with an increasing volume of waste, with plastic making up the single largest part of pollution in the marine environment.

According to a new report authored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Washington-based advocacy group The Ocean Conservancy, cited by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), Plastic accounts for up to 80 percent of marine waste pollution in some waters, according to the report which was published in Washington and Nairobi to mark World Oceans Day on June 8.

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