There seems to have been a big push lately to stop the world from using plastic.
Documentaries such as Blue Planet II have shown the world the dangers of plastic on wildlife in the sea and this has had a huge effect on the general population.
I certainly have found myself a lot more wary of my use of plastic over the past six months to a year.
I have never been a fan of waste, especially with food (which is an issue in itself). I’m a big believer that we live in a culture where it is too easy to get rid of things and nobody makes an effort to try to fix, repair or mend anything.
We are a wasteful culture that is happy to dump things in case we aren’t keeping up with our contemporaries or if we no longer have a use for something.
I am as guilty as anyone for not disposing of plastic water bottles properly or using too many carrier bags. However, I’m trying to keep an eye on what I do now. There is a price for getting rid of things so easily and it seems unfair that our wildlife and oceans are paying the price for the mistakes we are making as human beings.
The Government seems to be taking on a much more proactive role with plastic as well, which I welcome.
The plastic bag charge was introduced recently and soon people will have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in the UK.
It means that prices will increase on canned and bottled goods but you will get your money back if you return the bottle or can.
I think this is a great idea if it passes consultation. There is no doubt that the best way to change people’s behaviour is to hit them in the pocket.
You wonder about the effect this could have on the industry if it forces companies to close their doors and people out of jobs.
But the long-term benefits to the environment if we can cut our use of plastic cannot be underestimated.