PLASTIC – we’re all getting the message, says Observer

Our Saturday independent columnist welcomes the “baby steps” to wiping out single-use plastic.

Bit by bit, small step by small step and the pressure grows on single-use plastic.

With the world’s oceans and rivers so polluted, the tide is surely turning.

There will be no overnight conversion to a plastic-free society but people are now understanding the damage that is being done and are changing attitudes and behaviours.

It is good to see Uckfield Town Council is aiming to get rid of single-use plastic during the course of this year.

Beer and wine

Plastic “pots” for beer and wine are all too common at public functions and in public places and one wonders whether it will be possible to get rid of plastic at events in the Weald Hall.

People rightly worry about the dangers of glass – is there an alternative that is not breakable and can be re-used time and again?

I don’t know the answer to that question – if you do, tell us via the UckfieldNews Facebook page.

Champagne flutes

It was interesting to read this week that the council in Brighton will not allow glass flutes for champagne on i360.

The attraction asked to use glass but were turned down.

Waitrose, not surprisingly, has got the message about single-use coffee cups and they are for the chop.


The big change will come when the supermarkets get to grips with the plethora of packaging that accompanies so much of the food we buy.

At this stage of the war on plastic, it seems appropriate to remind ourselves of a famous quote from the man who led China for many years, Mao Tse-tung: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

That’s how it is with plastic – and, let’s remember, the 5p plastic bag tax has worked a treat.

I can’t believe I am so desperate to save 5p – but I am.

As a country, we are taking those first steps.

It is up to us all to keep the pressure on and eliminate the plastic.

External links

No glass for i360 over fears over stabbings (the Argus)

Waitrose to stop using disposable coffee cups (BBC)

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