This month the BBC announced they will ban the use of single-use plastic by 2020. The announcement has come following the tv series Blue Planet 2 which highlighted the vast scale of the pollution problem, primarily in the sea.
The BBC is run like any other business in the UK; from vending machines with plastic bottles in, to plastic cups and cutlery in the office canteen. The director general was reportedly “shocked” by what he saw in last year’s documentary.
The BBC began investigations within their offices to understand the scale of the issue; the results showed staff and visitors disposed of around 2 million plastic cups every year.
With the help of large corporations and TV programs like The Blue Planet, single-use plastic is on the decline.
The problem actually affects everybody in the UK, even the Queen has backed the scheme. Her recent support has also seen the royal estates removing the use of single-use plastics in a bid to lead by example.
Every year over 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced and almost half of that is single-use. Although most of the plastics used in the gadget industry are recyclable, a lot of it ends up in a landfill in the same way single-use plastic does.
The TV series explores the danger of disposing of plastics, including internal damage it causes to sea creatures. In one episode, viewers were shocked by the death of a calf; it’s thought the calf was poisoned by the mothers milk. Researchers believe it contained industrial chemicals and plastics which were digested by its mother in vast quantities.
The program was watched by a staggering 14 million viewers, making it one of the most popular TV shows of 2017.
David Attenborough said during the series: “Unless the flow of plastics into the world’s oceans is reduced, marine life will be poisoned by them for many centuries to come.”
At Cash In Your Gadgets, we’re fully behind Sir David’s statement. Our mission for 2018 is to ensure we’re encouraging millions of gadget users to recycle their electronics. We believe that everybody has to start somewhere, so if you’d like to do your bit and recycle your gadgets, please get in touch via our website.
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