Europe declares war on white garbage

- May 29, 2018-

Europe declares war on white garbage

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As the public's attention to environmental issues continues to increase, discussions about “white trash” are increasingly appearing in people's daily communication and media coverage. The data shows that since 2013, the vocabulary used to describe items that were discarded only once was “single-use” four times more frequently, making it a successful choice for Collins. Dictionary 2018 annual vocabulary.

Collins' dictionary writing team has long tested the English vocabulary containing 4.5 billion words, and at the end of each year, selected the "Top Ten Annual Hot Words" with the highest frequency of use and public attention in the past year. According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) last November, the Collins Dictionary Group officially released 2018 "Top Ten Annual Hot Words", of which "one-time use" emphasized the public's environmental problems caused by such products. Highly concerned, successfully elected as the 2018 annual vocabulary.


"In the BBC's documentary "Blue Planet II", the albatross feeds the plastic fragments as food to the chicks without knowing it, which has led to the frequent use of the term 'one-time use'. Finally elected.” The dictionary writing group said, “Plastic products such as straws, beverage bottles, and bags are floating in the vast sea. Such pictures have triggered a global movement to reduce the use of plastics. We have observed that since 2013, ' The frequency of 'one-time use' has been mentioned and used four times."


The election of the term coincided with the overwhelming number of votes of the European Parliament for a proposal to completely ban disposable plastic products. The proposal, known as “the most banned plastics in history”, covers almost every aspect of disposable plastic products: First, starting in 2021, the EU will completely ban all disposable plastics that can be made from other alternative materials such as cardboard. Products, including plastic cutlery, straws, balloon rods, cotton swabs, and even bags and outer wraps made of decomposable plastic.


Secondly, for disposable plastic products, such as cup lids and sanitary products, which do not have ideal substitute materials, the European Parliament also requires that their use be reduced to 25% by 2025.


Third, cigarette manufacturers must reduce the amount of plastic used in cigarette filters by half by 2025 and by 80% by 2030, because the plastic in cigarette filters has proven to be the second largest in plastic waste. product.


Finally, for plastic fishing gear that is lost or discarded each year, Member States need to complete at least 50% of the collection targets and ensure that more than 15% of the gears are effectively recycled by 2025.


EU research has found that about 100,000 tons of plastic waste is produced each year in European waters, of which about 8 million tons enter the global ocean. The drafter of the proposal, the European Parliament member Frederick Liss pointed out that if plastic waste is not restricted and disposed of in time, by 2050, there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish. “We have set the most ambitious bill for disposable plastics, which is important for protecting the marine environment and reducing European plastic pollution. We expect that the environmental damage cost of plastics will reach 22 billion euros by 2030.” Lis said .


In addition to "one-time use", there is also an environmentally-friendly word "plogging" selected in the Collins Dictionary 2018 "Top Ten Annual Hot Words". “plogging” is a combination of the words “plocka” and “jogga” in Swedish, referring to the practice of rubbing garbage while running in the Scandinavian countries.


In 2016, the Swedish Sherman Alsteren, who lived in the town for many years, decided to move back to the capital, Stockholm, but was shocked by the “garbage-like” urban environment. So, Alster, who loves jogging, put on gloves and garbage bags and began to try to pick up trash while running. Soon more and more people joined. They open the garbage bag more than anyone who has the most, and upload photos of "sun-washing" to social media Instagram. Posts with the "plogging" tag were hotly turned by netizens, and well-known media including the BBC, The Guardian, and The Washington Post rushed to report. For a time, the "plogging" movement became popular all over the world, and the word "plogging" did not unexpectedly gain the attention of the "Collins" dictionary writing group.

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