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Big business grasps the nettle on responsibility

Posted on 25 January 2018

Plastic has been taking a pasting in the media, largely because of coverage of ocean litter.

The most notable has been the BBC TV’s Blue Planet II, which showed a dead whale calf being carried around by its mother. David Attenborough’s script said the mother’s milk could have been poisoned by contaminants absorbed by plastics and consumed by the whales.

The scientific evidence is strong and the con­sequence has been a plastics backlash, particu­larly packaging materials discarded by a global negligence. Broadcaster Sky has stridently campaigned against ocean litter, and Chancellor Philip Hammond said in his recent Budget that he would consider a tax regime to reduce plas­tic waste. Accordingly, the UK’s plastics indus­try is mounting a public relations campaign.