BBC announces major initiative ‘Plastics Watch’ following the global impact of Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough is backing the BBC’s new launch Plastics Watch following the “astonishing” impact of his breath-taking Blue Planet II.

The major new initiative aims to enable the British public to help reduce plastic pollution. It will also include programme commissions and digital content on how the UK and the wider world are tackling plastic pollution.

Every year in the UK, we use nearly 7.7 billion single-use plastic water bottles and 16.5 billion pieces of single use plastic cutlery, but behind the bleak statistics, each film will also calculate the plastic waste that can be prevented and the positive impact on the environment if the UK public adopts a change in behaviour.

Plastics Action, a public participation initiative, will aim to enable the whole of the UK to become #PlasticsAction heroes by choosing one (or more) of five suggested actions to reduce their plastic footprint: using a re-useable bottle, coffee cup, straw, lunch box or shopping bag.

BBC programming will include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War On Plastics on BBC One, continuing the work he started in Hugh’s War On Waste, and Stacey Dooley will present The Truth About What You Wear later this year.


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