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

YOURS (UK) - - Content - By Katharine Woot­ton

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.

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