Plastic Free Parliament

UK Parliament goes Plastic Free

Compostable cutlery, coffee cups, salad boxes and straws are being introduced in Parliament to try and eliminate avoidable single-use plastic by 2019.

In October non-recyclable catering disposable items such as take-away boxes, coffee cups and cutlery will be switched to sustainably sourced, plant-based compostable alternatives. Water will no longer be available for purchase in plastic bottles and a 25p levy on single-use take-away cups will be introduced.

Commenting Jamie said:

 “It is good to see Parliament lead by example and radically reduce single-use plastic. In my constituency we can already see the damaging effects of plastic pollution with plastic waste being washed up on beaches all over the coast.

“While it is important that MPs take drastic action to reduce their plastic footprint, there must also be legislation for wider societal change. We need to tackle our throw-away culture by providing incentives to reduce, reuse and recycle.

“Each of us can make simple changes to move towards plastic-free living and that is why I have agreed to attempt a plastic free lent next Easter!”

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