A truck load of plastic every minute ends up in our oceans; 85% of all ocean litter. And as Blue Planet powerfully showed the nation, plastic is not only destroying our environment its polluting the food chain. But, change is happening. The EU has announced plans for a ban on single use plastics within two years. Business and charities have started to commit to phase out single use plastics. But, we need rapid action at all levels and a comprehensive plan covering all plastic waste, not just single use packaging, but tyre dust, nurdles and microfibers.
What should we be doing to lead the way? How can we stop the Government dragging its feet, as it did on a plastic bag tax? How can we build an ambitious Labour response? And can we ban single use plastic at Labour conference?