Around 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, and every year, 8 million tonnes end up in the ocean. You've probably seen the adverts and the documentaries: dead sea-birds cut open to reveal loads of tiny pieces of plastic in their stomachs, seals with six-pack rings around their necks, and that huge floating trash island in the Pacific.
There have been plenty of incentives to reduce our plastic usage and waste, including charging for plastic bags at the supermarket and even things like creating edible beer rings to save wildlife, but now supermarkets are being convinced to have plastic-free aisles in their shops across the UK.
A Plastic Planet, an environmental organisation concerned about plastic in our oceans, will lobby Britain's supermarkets in the next few weeks to consider having aisles where all the packaging is biodegradable.
The 5p plastic bag charge has already dropped plastic bag usage by over 80 per cent, and the government is now considering adding 20p to plastic bottles which can be reclaimed upon recycling, in a scheme similar to countries like Sweden and certain parts of North America.
This news comes alongside the release of A Plastic Ocean, a documentary about how much plastic is in the ocean (a lot). Documentary host and all-round nice man, David Attenborough, had this to say about the film:
“The whole of the ecosystems of the world are built on healthy oceans and if that part of the planet becomes dysfunctional and goes wrong, the the whole of life on the planet will suffer.”