:the conversation: tastes like plastic

Plastic’s presence in the environment, and even food chain, is something Holifield’s Robert West finds hard to swallow (sorry!).

‘Would you like a 5p carrier bag?’ is a question that has apparently reduced the usage of one-use plastic bags by ‘85%’, according to an article by The Guardian.

And there’s even a mushroom that eats plastic waste (‘Aspergillus tubingensis’).

But there’s still a long way to go to reduce, or even stop polluting the Earth with the stuff.

Last month, David Attenborough spoke on film about the albatross, and how during filming for Blue Planet, ‘there’s a shot of the young being fed and what comes out of the mouth, of the beak of the adult? […] plastic.’

A whole host of teams are dedicating themselves to the movement, including The Plastic Project, Plastic Pollution Coalition and Cornwall’s Surfers Against Sewage, who have a petition with over 200,000 signatures to present to their ‘All Party Parliamentary Group’ this summer. To add your signature, simply go to https://www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle/.

Tips for how we can reduce our usage include investing in reusable water bottles and coffee cups, avoiding plastic cutlery and straws, and of course, taking our own shopping bag(s).

What ideas do you have for reducing our plastic usage?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/30/england-plastic-bag-usage-drops-85-per-cent-since-5p-charged-introduced

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/fungus-that-eats-plastic-may-help-clean-environment/article17763461.ece

http://news.sky.com/story/sir-david-attenborough-sea-plastics-impact-on-albatross-is-heartbreaking-11052475

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