Did you know there may be plastic netting in your lawn? Ban Plastic Mesh in Turf

Did you know there may be plastic netting in your lawn? Ban Plastic Mesh in Turf

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Orsi Cowell-Lehoczky started this petition to The Rt Hon George Eustice MP (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs UK)

Dear Rt Hon George Eustice, Environment Secretary,

I have just came in from the garden after finding that I have some weird plastic mesh covering most of my lawn. I am very angry and feeling the need to do something about this as soon as I can, so here I am: writing to you asking for a complete ban on the use of plastic nets in turf that is apparently sold UK wide in garden centres, by mail orders and online.

It is an absolute environmental nightmare, and most people don't even know about its existence in the turf they buy! I hadn't  heard of this until I had reason to check online. They claim it is degradable, but -of course- that means it is going to become micro plastic, rather than being BIOdegradable and disappear completely (misleading?). Plastic pollution makes me sad and I try to do my best to minimise my impact on the planet, but this made me very angry, as YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW it is there! It will already be in millions of gardens, like hundreds of millions of square metres of fishing net spread around in our own backyards! What kind of harm does it do to the wildlife we try to attract, hoping to re-establish in gardens around the country? Please can you help to do something about this!

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

Orsi Cowell

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