Every year we throw away millions of tonnes of plastic. And vast amounts of it finds its way into our soils, our rivers, our oceans, and the air we breathe.
As the plastic breaks down into tiny pieces it’s consumed by marine animals. All this plastic pollution means a cocktail of harmful chemicals can be passed up the food chain.
There’s increasing evidence that we ingest microplastics but we’re yet to find out the long-term effects on human health.
We need the government to stem the tide of plastic pollution at its source and urgently introduce a new law that:
- phases out non-essential single-use plastics now
- commits to tackling trickier plastics, like in clothes and car tyres, as soon as possible
- maintains quality of life for people who need plastics, without causing worse environmental problems.
Please sign our petition to tell the UK government that we need a new law to phase out plastic pollution.