Today is World Earth Day, marking the 48th occurrence of this worldwide event which aims to highlight environmental issues across the globe, from water pollution and fuel emissions to global warming.
The focus this year is specifically on the End Plastic Pollution campaign, which aims to educate and mobilise people, politicians and government agencies about the dangers of fossil fuel-based single-use plastic, and promote sustainable alternatives.
UK supermarkets generate 1m tonnes of plastic packaging every year, which amounts to more than a quarter of the country’s entire plastic usage. Globally, just 9% of plastics is recycled, with 72% ending up in landfill or the sea. From the sea it gets everywhere, the bottom of the deepest ocean, Arctic ice floes, table salt, tap water, beer and the stomachs of seabirds, whales, turtles and humans.
Taken from an article written by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, for The Guardian Mon 22 Jan 2018
The facts are frightening and the pictures more so! Want to make a small meaningful dent? Then ditch the supermarket plastic flow wrapped fruit and veg and buy local or the loose varieties that are stored in crates.