13 FEB 2018

Helen vows to play her part in Plastic Reduction

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald has vowed to change her habits in order to reduce the amount of plastic she and her family use in their everyday lives.

It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our oceans every year, posing a serious threat to the marine environment. It is believed that this plastic is ingested by over 130 species of sea animal, including a third of UK caught fish.

The Government have committed to making it a priority to reduce the amount of plastic waste across the country. They have already introduced the successful carrier bag charge (which reduced the number of plastic bags in circulation by 83%), banned the sale of microbeads in cosmetic products and are now consulting on the introduction of a 'bottle deposit scheme,' making it easier for people to recycle plastic bottles.

However it is widely understood that the key to a radical change lies with individual household behaviours.

Recognising this fact, Helen said, 'I was shocked recently to learn of the extent of the damage caused to our oceans and their inhabitants by our obsession with plastics; which was so movingly demonstrated by the Blue Planet series. I am delighted that the Government are doing their part to end this blight on our environment by banning microbeads and consulting on the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme.

However, for real and lasting change to be achieved, we must all play our part. My family and I will now have our plastic footprint at the forefront of our mind when we go to the supermarket; we'll stop buying plastic bottles and I will also purchase a reusable coffee cup. We can all do our bit to look after our marine environment be that in Parliament or in our homes in Maidstone and the Weald.'

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