Stop Using Plastic Bags In The English Market in Cork City

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Every single piece of plastic ever made, still exists. An extremely large amount of plastic bags will inevitably end up in our oceans, killing both mammal and marine life alike.

A recent study found plastics in almost 10% of whales and dolphins in Ireland.

The research was carried out by Galway-Mayo IT and University College Cork in collaboration with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), who sourced the subjects for the study.

Dr Simon Berrow, Chief Science Officer of the IWDG and co-author on the study, said that large marine debris is now “widespread and consumed by nearly 10 per cent of those individuals studied”.

The study adds to the mounting evidence that plastics are negatively influencing biodiversity with one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals estimated to be killed each year due to ingestion and entanglement.

Global plastic production has increased 190-fold between 1950 and 2015 and it is thought that plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.

The English Market is a municipal food market in the center of Cork City, Ireland, unlike any other. With multiple butchers, bakers and many other stalls it is a must see for anyone visiting Cork. Unfortunately many of the stalls use an inconceivable amount of plastic bags throughout the day when selling their produce. While most people understand it is up to the individual to bring their own reuseable bag, it should be up to businesses also to provide alternatives to single use plastic bags. Fruit does not need to be packaged in plastic bags and there is also many eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags for meat.

Please add your name to the petition and ask the English Market to stop using plastic bags.

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