Cape Town - Some are a little more mortified than others that this little plastic gimmick is back.
Retailer Pick ‘n Pay announced this week that its Stikeez drive is back, raising concerns not only among mortified parents who will now be haggled by enthusiastic kids wanting to collect them, but also environmental organisations.
The big concern environmentally? Unnecessary, single-use plastic waste.
Two Oceans Aquarium, one of South Africa's popular tourist and educational attractions has spoken out against the current Stikeez theme, a marine one which some would have thought a perfect match with an organisation such as the Aquarium
It said in a statement posted along with this infographic below, "The vision of the Two Oceans Aquarium is Abundant and Healthy Oceans for Life and our mission is To Inspire Action for the Future Well-being of our Oceans.
It said while it respects the right for retailers to market their products to achieve their objectives it cannot ignore its own clear objectives, conservation efforts and journey of sustainability on behalf of the ocean.
As a result the Aquarium says it cannot endorse the Stikeez campaign in any way.
"If you are a concerned citizen, we encourage you to voice your concerns about the Stikeez campaign and to address these directly to Pick n Pay. Initiatives such as WWF SASSI prove that consumers have the power to change the way companies do business."
The Two Oceans Aquarium says, "Some people do not understand what the fuss is about one more plastic item when, day to day, we are surrounded by plastic and indeed depend on plastic in many different ways. However, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released research in January this year revealing that the equivalent of one dump truck of plastic pollution currently “leaks” into the ocean every single minute. This means 60 trucks in one hour. “Leakage” is the term used to describe plastic that mistakenly ends up in the sea.
Traveller24 also recently reported on plastic waste being collected in the middle of the ocean thanks to Boyan Slat, the 21-year-old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup project, now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Slat’s Ocean Cleanup uses long-distance arrays, resembling a gigantic boomerang, that skim garbage from the surface of the oceans and holds it, while the currents bring up more and more garbage. The devise gathers the garbage as slowly makes it way through the sea. The fact that it is the size of a continent should be food for thought. Take a look here.
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