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ENVIRONMENT-PLASTIC/
RTX66ZAN
May 31, 2018
Faced with shops full of food and other goods swathed in plastic, families across the world are trying...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: Families around the world join war on plastic
Faced with shops full of food and other goods swathed in plastic, families across the world are trying to reduce its use and recycle wherever possible to cut down its impact on the environment. Reuters photographers met people from Athens to Singapore trying to play their part as the war on plastics becomes a hot political topic and governments work to outlaw single-use items such as drinking straws and cotton buds. Eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme said in December. The impact hit home for Eri Sato, 32, when she lived in Canada and volunteered to clear up debris swept across the ocean from Japan, where she now lives in Yokohama, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami there in March 2011. "It was the first time I realised how plastic waste pollutes the oceans and beaches all over the world. I think there's no escaping the plastic waste," she said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GLOBAL PLASTIC" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: ENVIRONMENT-PLASTIC/
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