Majority of Brits back Government’s plastic-free aisles proposals

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11th January 2018 14:28 - FMCG

Majority of Brits back Government’s plastic-free aisles proposals

Majority of Brits back Government’s plastic-free aisles proposals: Prior to Theresa May’s proposals to cut all avoidable plastic waste by 2042, a survey commissioned by environmental campaign group, A Plastic Planet, asked Brits their views on the introduction of plastic-free aisles in UK supermarkets.

Results found that 81 percent of respondents were concerned about the rise of the amount of plastic waste, so it comes as no surprise to find out that over 9 out of every 10 (91%) supported the idea of having a supermarket aisle dedicated to plastic-free packaged products.

Based on the views of 2,000 UK adults, the survey revealed that those in the North East of the UK were the most supportive of plastic-free aisles (96%), compared to respondents from Wales, who were the least concerned (86%).

With regards to age and gender, the survey revealed those who were also in favour of the proposal:

·       Women: 92%

·       Men: 91%

·       25-34 years: 89%

·       65+ years: 94%

In addition to this proposal, the PM also plans to extend the charge of plastic bags to smaller shops and add a charge fee on single-use takeaway packages.

With EU trading plans yet to be mentioned in the Government’s post-Brexit discussions, others are concerned with the campaign’s progress rate as some environmentalists have identified a lack of detail needed to tackle the current plastic waste crisis.

Commenting on the Government’s plans, Louise Edge, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said: “This announcement was billed as a major push to tackle our plastic problem, but it looks more like a missed opportunity."

She adds: “It's good that the Government wants to make tackling plastic waste a priority, but the specific measures announced today don't match the scale of the environmental crisis we face.”

Currently, the majority of plastic waste is disposed of in our oceans, however the public and campaigns, including David Attenborough’s speech on our plastic oceans and the ‘Protect our Planet’ trend has helped raise awareness of the extent of the issue.

Nonetheless, it can be argued that the PM is aware of the extent as in her most recent speech, she identifies the issue as “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”, and to tackle to problem, she will assess the taxation of certain products to help reduce waste and fund for new plastic innovations.

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