WE NEED FRESH IDEAS ON PLAS­TICS

Sunday Tasmanian - - Letters -

AROUND the world we are now see­ing the dev­as­tat­ing cu­mu­la­tive ef­fects of years of plas­tic pol­lu­tion, amass­ing in our rivers our oceans and land­scapes, caus­ing harm to both ecosys­tems and wildlife at large.

Surely gov­ern­ments both lo­cally and around the world have an onus through en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion acts and the like to force com­pa­nies to adopt en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly pack­ag­ing meth­ods and/or pay penal­ties such that forces change in the mar­ket.

The per­ils of on­go­ing plas­tic use have been warned about for years, and yet we still see very lit­tle if any change at all.

Why should the end con­sumer be the only one to bear the bur­den of hav­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cern as they wade through the su­per­mar­ket, to find the only ripe ba­nanas are on a plas­tic tray wrapped in cling wrap?

Has the world gone mad? Surely there is, or should be, a gov­ern­men­tal duty of care to the en­vi­ron­ment that for­bids the use of plas­tic pack­ag­ing to be kept on­go­ing. Adrian Brooks Bel­lerive

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