Brits campaign for plastic-free aisle in supermarkets

A new poll has revealed that more than nine in 10 people in Britain want a plastic-free aisle in supermarkets. 81 per cent of those surveyed expressed concern about plastic packaging waste.

More than 90 per cent of people in Britain want supermarkets to introduce a “plastic-free aisle” in grocery stores, according to the latest findings from A Plastic Planet.

The organisation’s commissioned survey of 2,000 UK adults asked if they support or oppose the introduction of a supermarket aisle that features only products that are free of plastic packaging.

An overwhelming majority of 91 per cent said they supported the idea. Four in five of those surveyed said that they were concerned “about the amount of plastic packaging that is thrown away in the UK”, according to a statement.

A plastic-free aisle in supermarkets would encourage a reduction in the quantity of plastic waste being discarded in the environment. The Telegraph recently reported that plastic weighing 8.3 billion tonnes, or the equivalent of one billion elephants, has been created since the 1950s. Most of it has ended up in landfill.

A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland commented in the statement: “Consumer demand for products that generate less plastic waste is higher than ever. A Plastic Free Aisle would help supermarkets meet the needs of shoppers who are fed up of buying products covered with layer after layer of throwaway plastic.”

Professor Hilary Kennedy of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences added: “There is a growing body of evidence that plastic waste poses a global challenge, directly affecting marine life and ecosystems.”

A Plastic Planet is a grassroots campaign group which launched in March this year. The campaign aims to highlight the growing plastic crisis that threatens both the environment and human health.

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