Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series may have shattered the perception of plastic – but last week’s annual Big Bottle Count shows that work done to combat the problem has still only been a drop in the ocean.
London’s largest plastic waste monitoring event, organised by waterway charity Thames21 and the #OneLess campaign, saw more than 100 volunteers remove 3,429 single-use plastic bottles from the River Thames last week.
The total taken out of the water stands at 36,667 bottles in the past year – 55,533 since April 2016 – with the summer heatwave to blame according to organisers.
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And Londoners were reaching for more water bottles than fizzy drinks for the first time to keep cool.
“In the wake of the BBC’s Blue Planet, Londoners are engaging with the plastic issue like never before,” said Alice Hall, one of the programme’s coordinators.