Eighty per cent of UK adults are concerned about the amount of single-use plastic we produce, according to a new poll launching Zero Waste Week (September 3rd to 7th).
This four-fifths chunk of the UK adult population is either 'concerned or very concerned', which is pretty significant – especially when contrasted with the teeny two per cent who said they were not at all worried and three per cent who declared themselves 'not very concerned'. Fifteen per cent weren't bothered either way.
According to the stats, women and men are equally worried about all this plastic (80 vs 79 per cent), while people aged 65 are the most plastic-anxious age group (87 per cent). People living in South East England rank top of the concerned list (83 per cent) but people in Yorkshire and Humberside, at the bottom of the list, aren't actually that far behind (70 per cent).
Single-use plastic is rife in everyday life: food packaging, sanitary products, drinking straws, takeaway coffee cups, cotton buds, drinks bottles – just look around you. But we can do something about it. That's the point of Zero Waste Week, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
Zero Waste Week Founder Rachelle Strauss says: "It's clear that the Great British Public is growing more and more concerned by the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill or at the bottom of the ocean.
"This year millions of people around the world are coming together to rethink our over consumption of single-use plastics, look for alternatives and increase pressure on manufacturers and suppliers for more sustainable solutions.
"It's vital that businesses, Governments and citizens come together in a bid to call time on the ticking time-bomb that our over consumption of single-use plastics is having."
Organisations like City to Sea and A Plastic Planet are getting involved in Zero Waste Week and you can too: follow #ZeroWasteWeek on the socials for info, advice, inspiration and good people doing great things.