UK Gov: All new plastic products must be made of recycled material

UK Gov: All new plastic products must be made of recycled material

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Felix Yates started this petition to UK Parliament

Plastic pollution is a problem.

95% of plastic packaging is lost to the economy after its first use, as only 15% of plastic is collected for recycling, and in the end, only 5% is recycled. (source)

We need to change, and so do corporations. By introducing a policy that will require all new plastic products to be made of recycled material, not only will it increase demand for recycled plastic, preventing it from entering the overfilling landfills, it will help us clean up our oceans, by harnessing the astronomical mass of plastic found there.

Furthermore, it will create jobs due to new recycling plants opening.

Of course, there will have to be compromises- for products that simply cannot be made of recycled plastic- for hygienic reasons or otherwise, alternatives can be found or they can be approved for an exemption.

And yes, it might slightly increase the cost of the products that we buy, but in the end, it's the future that we should be thinking about here- the generations ahead of us shouldn't have to be responsible for the mess we've made.

If this succeeds, we could see a huge change around the world if other countries decide to do the same.

In the end, we also need to consume less. By consuming less, there's less demand. However, this will be a crucial first step that will help us solve the plastic problem.

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