Shoreditch Greenpeace: Just look at the Regent’s Canal to see how much plastic is flowing out to sea

PUBLISHED: 14:51 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 14 July 2017

An art installation themed on

An art installation themed on "ocean plastics" at the event. Picture: Greenpeace Shoreditch

Greenpeace Shoreditch

Greenpeace volunteers did their bit to raise awareness of plastic pollution of our oceans with a concert and art exhibition at The Hive in Haggerston.

Greenpeace volunteers discuss the ocean plastics campaign with members of the public. Picture: Greenpeace Shoreditch Greenpeace volunteers discuss the ocean plastics campaign with members of the public. Picture: Greenpeace Shoreditch

Seventy people attended the event organised by the Shoreditch chapter, which featured performances by bands Worldwide Welshman and Beyond, and Mad Hiros.

Tisha Brown from Greenpeace gave a talk about their campaign urging Coca-Cola to ditch its culture of single use throwaway plastic bottles. An estimated 12.7million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year.

Studies show it has entered all stages of the food chain as tiny pieces are being eaten by creatures from zooplankton to whales mistaking it for food.

Volunteer Fearghal Corbett said: “Hackney might be a long way from the ocean, but you only need to look at Regent’s Canal to see how much plastic is entering our waterways and flowing out to sea.

Worldwide Welshman and Beyond perform on stage at The Hive. Picture: Greenpeace Shoreditch Worldwide Welshman and Beyond perform on stage at The Hive. Picture: Greenpeace Shoreditch

“It’s time for Coca-Cola to own up to their role in ocean plastic pollution and move past single-use bottles.”

In April activists from Greenpeace blockaded Coca-Cola’s UK HQ with a 2.5-ton sculpture of a seagull regurgitating plastic, calling on the company to do more to help prevent plastic pollution.

Yesterday Coke announced it would increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles from 40pc to 50pc. Greenpeace criticised the move as “PR spin”.

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