Honiton MP leads charge on plastic packaging

Additional public water fountains will encourage more people to ditch unsustainable plastic packaging, Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish believes.

He is chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and recently spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on unsustainable packaging.

The committee is currently carrying out an inquiry into packaging – and Mr Parish was quick to point out it is essential use of plastic is reduced.

Speaking after the debate, he said: “The Select Committee is part-way through our inquiry into plastic waste. However, it is clear from the evidence we have taken so far, we need to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

“For example, we can all carry reusable water bottles with us, and follow Water UK’s suggestion of installing more water fountains, to reduce plastic waste.

“Where someone does need to use a single use plastic bottle, we should ensure those bottles are properly recyclable. Either using reverse vending machines, or by using more compostable plastics. Both of these have problems, but they are a step in the right direction.”

Currently, one million plastic bottles are sold every minute and it is estimated that every year plastic waste could circle the earth four times.

Around 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be in landfill by 2050.

At least 10 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the sea every year.

Fifty per cent of plastic is used just once.

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