In 2015, the BBC’s Blue Planet II showed us with a clear message that we cannot continue plastic pollution of our oceans. That was 2 years ago and still very little has been done about it. The thing that shocked me most is the amount of plastic we as the people are creating here in the UK and across the world!. Now we need to work harder on recycling more plastic - and those drinks containers are the ones we can all play a part in reducing. Whether that’s using fewer single-use plastic bottles, or opting for glass, we need to be working towards a day when our seas are free of plastic.The world’s plastic pollution crisis is leaving a devastating mark on the natural environment, with millions of tonnes of plastic being dumped in landfill and oceans each year. Plastic wreaks havoc on our environment through entanglement, ingestion and habitat destruction.Plastic pollution is a major threat to human health and our environment. The landfill sites, where we are burying plastic, are a major source of CO2 emissions and represent a lost opportunity to turn one of our most valuable resources into much-needed fuel.
Whether you decide to get rid of plastic altogether or just use less, there are plenty of alternatives out there. On a recent visit to a homeware store I stumbled on a range of beautiful wooden cutlery, but was disappointed to discover it was being imported from China. Thankfully, there are places like Portobello Road Market in London where you’ll find artisans selling interesting pieces made from reclaimed wood.But it isn’t just the Queen. Plastic is profoundly problematic. Plastics have been so useful that we’ve produced 8.3 billion-tonnes of them since their mass production began in the 1950s. But, as so often happens, what goes up must come down. The problem is that 94% of all plastic ends up in landfills or other environments, and will be there for centuries to come.I think the medium-term solution is to get rid of plastic drinks bottles, and probably, single-use plastic altogether. I do think that companies will take up this challenge if we all start buying more recycled products. If there is a market for certain brands, food manufacturers and others will see there is a way to meet the demand.”. A recent survey by YouGov found that only a third of UK adults currently realise that plastic produced from oil is not biodegradable. The public is being bombarded with information on the degradation of our planet and it seems that at least some people are starting to recognise their part in the problem.Other alternatives are cropping up in local communities, and at grassroots level – from deposit-return schemes for plastic bottles, to an upcoming coffee shop in the Scottish Borders that sells its drinks in locally made cups.