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June 5: World Environment Day

World Environment Day is the United Nations Day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, which will focus on solutions to plastic pollution, using the hashtag and slogan #BeatPlasticPollution. More than 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year worldwide, half of which is designed to be used only once. Of that, less than 10 per cent is recycled. An estimated 19-23 million tonnes end up in lakes, rivers and seas annually. That is approximately the weight of 2,200 Eiffel Towers all together.

Here are some easy four tricks to beat plastic pollution:

  • Refuse: Say no to disposable plastic cutlery, plastic straws, and other single-use plastics. Refrain from burning plastic waste.

  • Reuse: Adopt reusable items such as water bottles, shopping bags, keep cups and travel cutlery.

  • Reduce: Reduce plastic waste by making eco-friendly purchasing decisions. Avoid plastics that cannot be recycled if other alternatives exist. Avoid products with excess or unnecessary plastic packaging

  • Recycle: Recycle and dispose plastics responsibly; always use recycling bins.

This 5 June join millions around the world to protect the earth and to #BeatPlasticPollution

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