Not so fantastic plastic!
2017 saw the beginnings of a pivotal step in combatting the amount of plastics we use right here at The Deep, tackling many front line departments including the cafe, evening restaurant and shop.
All single use water bottles were replaced with cans and/or boxes. Food packaging, single use coffee cups and straws were swapped out for a revolutionary product called Vegware – a fully compostable plant based plastic mimic. It looks like plastic and works like plastic, but is fully compostable meaning used containers can be broken down and returned to the soil.
Following the success of eradicating nearly all single use plastic bottles from the aquarium, 2018 saw a further movement to eliminate plastic straws across the city of Hull. In conjunction with local media outlets, The Deep is championing the ‘Straws on the Doors’ campaign, encouraging local business, bars and restaurants to switch to the more environmentally friendly paper, metal or Vegware straws - or stop providing straws to their customers altogether.
In addition, we have also taken steps in our on-site shop 'The Deep-artment Store', where we have worked with suplliers to reduce the amount of plastic items in the shop, as well as ridding items of uncessary plastic packaging. We have also joined forces with aquariums across Europe in a bid to combat litter.
These moves aim to educate customers and businesses alike on the damage they cause in our oceans. In the last ten years alone, we have produced more plastic waste than the whole of the last century with 50% of all plastic having been used just once and then thrown away.
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- By 2050, it is expected that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
- It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
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One Less Campaign
In 2017, The Deep joined a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of single use water bottles in circulation.