Monthly Archives: June 2018

Plastic to Funtastic

According to UN environment, plastic accounts for around 90 percent of all ocean trash with 46,000 pieces of plastic covering every square mile. It is high time we became aware of the harm caused by plastic!

On World Environment Day, the Infosys Sustainability team and the Eco Club at Infosys Bangalore partnered with Freethinker – a creative team based out of Bangalore – to support UN Environment and the #BeatPlasticPollution campaign.

The team conceptualized an out-of-the-box program, adding FUN to address a serious issue. The result was ‘Plastic to Funtastic’, a unique experience to educate employees on how to minimize and eliminate single-use plastic from their daily lives and show the frightening consequences of inaction.

Plastic to Funtastic was a carnival-themed event where visitors had fun with plastic. Volunteers were deployed on-the-ground to set up and co-ordinate various games, activities and artistic displays made of plastic, bringing to life the importance of the theme: #BeatPlasticPollution.

The games had a didactic dimension, raising visitors’ awareness about the scourge of plastics and how dependent we’ve become to this ubiquitous material. The visitors not only had a blast in the carnival but also interacted with various eco-friendly professionals who have dedicated their lives to eliminate plastic.

Among them, were vendors showcasing products made from copper and steel; bamboo home remedies made from bio-enzymes; jewelry crafted from recycled waste; and more.

Visitors saw the opportunity to avail of a ‘cutlery bank’ facility free of cost, for small and large functions.  The Adamya Chetana team, an NGO based in Bangalore showcased their initiative to promote zero waste parties.

In keeping with the theme of eliminating and minimizing the use of single-use plastics, visitors received eco-friendly cloth bags as prizes. The Infosys Sustainability team will continue such awareness programs to encourage Infoscions to adopt sustainable lifestyles.

Sea Turtles experiencing struggles with Plastic

According to Newsy, plastic pollution harms many ocean animals, but it can be especially dangerous for sea turtles. Leaving the water can help them avoid plastic in the oceans, but debris on the beaches can cause even bigger problems.

Ocean plastic threatens all seven species of sea turtle. Turtles that get tangled in fishing nets are at risk of drowning or starvation. When turtles eat plastic, they can suffer internal injuries — and they can get stuck floating near the surface since most plastics are lighter than water. Scientists call it “floater syndrome”: Turtles struggle to dive to feed on seagrass, or to escape predators or avoid boats.

The risks are more subtle on land, but scientists worry they could be even more significant. A recent study of Florida beaches found lots of tiny plastic pieces have washed into the dunes where loggerhead sea turtles make their nests. When this plastic warms up, it retains its heat for a long time. Nests can become noticeably warmer.

For sea turtles, that’s a big deal. Nest temperatures play a large role in determining the sex of newborn turtles — so the warm plastic might eventually cause big changes in local turtle populations, Mcdvoice satisfaction survey.

The good news is anything we can do to cut down ocean plastic — on a large or small scale — helps the sea turtles. There are UN campaigns to stop plastic from entering oceans in the first place, and there are local groups that comb the beaches where turtles nest. Some groups, like the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup, want to comb the ocean itself: It plans to start filtering tons of trash out of the Pacific garbage patch sometime in 2018.