Plas­tic drift

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Your pic­ture cap­tioned “Poignant tribute” (Fe­bru­ary 4) showed hun­dreds of bal­loons, many metal­lic, be­ing re­leased into the sky as a tribute to three young peo­ple who had died in hor­rific cir­cum­stances.

As anti-plas­tic aware­ness gains trac­tion, bal­loon re­leases re­main a pop­u­lar way to com­mem­o­rate peo­ple who have died. Many of these bal­loons end up in trees, hedges and fields where live­stock graze, and even­tu­ally ar­rive on beaches and in the sea.

The mo­ment a bal­loon is let go, it be­comes lit­ter. Plant­ing flow­ers, hedges or trees would seem a longer­last­ing act of re­mem­brance, but sadly the wild bal­loons may out­live the trees by sev­eral cen­turies. Juliet Stibbe

South­wold, Suf­folk

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