22 Dec 2017

MPs demand action on plastic bottles

Floating islands of plastic bottles, fish choking on plastic bags. These have been some of the most alarming images of 2017, and now MPs are demanding drastic action: free drinking fountains in public places or a deposit on plastic bottles, anything to protect oceans from the “devastating” impact of pollution.

One idea is a sliding scale of taxes, or a deposit scheme like in Finland, which recycles 92% of its plastic bottles. But more profoundly, are people willing to rethink their throwaway culture?