The general public ignored David Attenborough’s request to chop down on plastic, a survey reveals
Attenborough described on TV nature programme Blue Planet how eight million tons of plastic is dumped on the planet’s seas yearly, inflicting big environmental injury and hurt to wildlife.
Nevertheless, though public consciousness of the problem has risen after the BBC sequence, it has did not shift the British public’s behaviour relating to single-use plastic.
The survey of greater than 2,000 individuals confirmed that regardless of the Authorities’s ambition to get rid of avoidable plastic waste by 2042, just one in three use water containers, with many blaming the inconvenience of carrying and filling water bottles.
It additionally discovered that solely a 3rd of individuals really feel responsible about buying a throwaway water bottle, just one in 5 individuals who have reusable water containers use them and greater than half of individuals don’t really feel dangerous in regards to the affect on the atmosphere of shopping for bottled water.
Sarah Taylor, managing director of water filtering firm BRITA which commissioned the research together with the Maintain Britain Tidy marketing campaign, stated: “The injury single-use plastic is doing to our marine and wider atmosphere and marine life has been nicely documented, and it’s clear many individuals are dedicated to tackling this.
Plastic waste is destroying the oceans
The injury single-use plastic is doing to our marine and wider atmosphere and marine life has been nicely documented, and it’s clear many individuals are dedicated to tackling this.
“On the similar time, this analysis reveals that outdated habits are ingrained and that always the ‘trouble issue’ outweighs concern in regards to the atmosphere.
“What’s clear is that there’s way more we will all do to assist individuals swap for good to issues like refillable bottles and cut back their single-use plastic footprint.”
Different findings included the truth that practically a 3rd of millennials aged 25 to 34 don’t use refillable bottles as a result of they declare they’re too heavy.
The dearth of choices at transport hubs seems to be fuelling the single-use plastic disaster, with 63 per cent of Britons liable to counting on bottled water when travelling lengthy distances by automotive, and two fifths of us more likely to buy it on the airport
Lunchtime meal offers had been additionally blamed for throwaway plastic, with 27 per cent of us more likely to buy bottled water when it’s included in presents.
Different findings included:
Ladies are extra possible than males to personal and commonly use a reusable water bottle, with 40 per cent doing so in comparison with 31 per cent of males. Half of millennials do in contrast with simply 27 per cent of over 55s.
78 per cent of us assume there needs to be higher availability of free faucet water throughout the UK
73 per cent of us would view a enterprise extra favourably if it gave free faucet or filtered water on request
27 per cent of reusable bottle homeowners buy bottled water as a result of they’re uncertain whether or not there will probably be someplace to refill
Sir David’s Blue Planet II argued for much less plastic use
Though 64 per cent of us say we don’t purchase bottled if faucet is out there, underneath half of us are prepared to go on the lookout for it, and solely 17 per cent strongly agree we’d achieve this
61 per cent say if we may be certain water out and about is secure to drink we’d be extra possible to make use of reusable bottles
43 per cent could be extra possible to make use of reusable bottles if extra had been designed to filter faucet water
59 per cent of us fear in regards to the cleanliness of water fountains
69 per cent of individuals uncomfortable asking for a glass with out shopping for one thing else and 27 per cent really feel uncomfortable asking for his or her reusable bottle to be refilled even when making a purchase order.
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The analysis, which is being launched in Parliament right this moment, is a part of BRITA’s wider #SwapForGood marketing campaign which goals to assist eradicate using single-use plastic bottles by encouraging individuals to make small modifications to their way of life that may have a huge impact on the atmosphere.
Maintain Britain Tidy chief government Allison Ogden-Newton stated: “There was encouraging progress previously 12 months to deal with litter ranges from single-use plastic, however this report demonstrates that we aren’t there but.
“Too many individuals nonetheless discover it difficult to refill on the go, whereas many extra are nonetheless embarrassed to ask for faucet, frightened in regards to the security of water fountains, or simply unwilling to go the additional mile and carry round a reusable bottle. We’ve merely obtained to get to a scenario the place topping up in glass or refillable bottle is the norm.”
Attenborough, 91, informed viewers on the Blue Planet: “Except the move of plastics into the world’s oceans is lowered, marine life will probably be poisoned by them for a lot of centuries to come back.”
The Authorities has earmarked a £61.four million warfare chest to combat the rising tide of plastic air pollution on the planet’s oceans. Theresa Might introduced the fund forward of the Commonwealth Heads of Authorities assembly in London this week.