Stop food producing companies using plastic in their packaging.

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Years 3&4 at Staynor Hall Community Primary Academy were shocked to learn it has been reported that UK supermarkets currently generate 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging every year. This has become unsustainable as our oceans cannot stomach any more plastic. The effects of plastic pollution are devastating and as plastic cannot biodegrade it will remain in the oceans forever.

Sea creatures, large and small, and even diving seabirds, are suffering from the plastic that has entered their habitats. From turtles being imprisoned in six pack rings, to whales found with stomachs full of plastic bags, this has got to stop!

Progress has been made by a reduction of plastic straws and plastic carrier bags, but this is not enough. Supermarket aisles are packed with products packaged in throw away plastic for human convenience, from bags of fresh apples to the plastic containers of ready meals. Even fast food producing companies send out their products in throw away plastic containers. This is not the only option for food packaging, we must see a shift to environmentally friendly alternatives. By ditching the plastic packing, these food producing companies can pave the way for dramatically reducing the amount of single-use plastic produced.

As Environment Secretary, Mr Gove cannot ignore this problem. He must meet with leading supermarkets and fast food chains to urge them to take action on this crucial cause. We want to see single-use plastic packaging disappear from commercial markets and a kinder replacement to take its place on the shelves.

The oceans are our only oceans. If we continue to fill their beautiful, magical waters with single-use plastic we will lose them. It is our responsibility to fight for this change and food producing companies need to face up to reality and set an example to the world.