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Destroying the Oceans

Ditching straws is great, but we must stop eating fish says Lex Rigby

When you read the words ‘plastic pollution’, I bet there are a number of framed images your mind conjures – an olive ridley sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck up his nostril; a small estuary sea horse riding the current of polluted waters grasping a discarded cotton bud; or a fl ock of wedge-tailed shearwater fl edglings on Lord Howe Island with hundreds of plastic fragments being pulled from their stomachs. They’re the distressing signals of a crisis at hand – a direct result of our ‘single-use convenience’ and consumerism.

Not enough recycling

Since the 1950s, more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced. It’s a highly versatile, lightweight and durable material that’s easy to mould and shape. We use it in life-saving medical equipment such as disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves; renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and solar cells; and hygienic packaging for the transportation and sale of food and drink. It’s a material that fl oods our homes, our work places, our entire existence. Yet, shockingly, only nine per cent of it has ever been recycled!

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The April issue of Vegan Food & Living is a true celebration of Easter, featuring recipes from homemade chocolate Easter eggs and cakes to savoury delights to enjoy on the day itself. Also this issue, we show you how to make vegan Brie and mozzarella in just 1 hour, cook up a Friday night curry and get creative with pulses. This issue we also reveal the winners of our very first Vegan Food & Living Awards, take a look at why plastic straws aren't actually the biggest danger to our oceans and explore the concept of what veganism means to you. Download the issue today