Cut plastic… save the planet!
We’ve all seen the shocking images of polluted oceans but sometimes it’s hard to know how to help. Read on for our toolkit of tips to help turn the tide on plastic
The statistics are alarming – eight million tonnes of plastic dumped in our oceans every year, harming marine life and leaking into our food chain. According to the experts, plastics will outweigh fish in the ocean by the year 2050. This means there will be an even bigger threat to marine life becoming entangled in, or ingesting this plastic debris that can takes hundreds of years to degrade. And in the worst cases, some may even become extinct.
It’s a problem broadcaster Sir David Attenborough made an impassioned plea for us to tackle on The Blue Planet and lately there have been a number of changes. Theresa May announced the Government’s 25-year plan to eradicate avoidable UK plastic waste by 2042, including plastic-free supermarket aisles and many big companies have also promised to cut their plastic usage. But while, hopefully, big companies will make large-scale changes, in the meantime we can also do our bit to help the planet.