Four-fifths of people concerned about plastic – and want more action

Plastic bottles

Some 82 per cent of UK people say they are concerned about plastic waste and 78 per cent think the government should be taking action.

At present, Theresa May's government has a target in place to eliminate plastic waste by 2042. While 20 per cent of people surveyed think this date is realistic, 22 per cent reckon we should be aiming for more like five to ten years. In fact, 56 per cent of consumers think we haven't gone far enough with existing measures such as the 5p bag charge and there's more to be done.

The statistics come from independent research commissioned by TIPA – who, full disclosure, make compostable packaging – and reveal that the British public is well aware of the effects of plastic waste.

TIPA plastic poll

In fact TIPA suggests the Blue Planet II effect continues, as respondents' main concern was plastic's impact on marine wildlife (77 per cent). Harm to human health came in at number three (56 per cent), after land wildlife (69 per cent).

The poll also found that people aged over 55 are more concerned (89 per cent) than younger age groups; 73 per cent of 25- to 34-year-olds are worried, compared to 70 per cent of those aged 18 to 24.

"This indicates that this isn't a trend unique to younger respondents who will inevitably have to deal with the problem for longer," says TIPA.

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