Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine MP, has pledged to give up single use plastics for lent in support of the international development charity Tearfund’s campaign to tackle plastic pollution.
8 to 12 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year, and most of this waste comes from developing countries where more than 2 billion people don’t have their waste collected. Without proper disposal methods plastic waste releases toxins which cause diseases and even death for people living in poverty.
The donations generated through this appeal will be matched by the UK Government, enabling Tearfund to set up recycling hubs in Pakistan.
In support of the campaign the Lib Dem MP will be giving up disposable cutlery, single use cups, water bottles, plastic straws, cotton buds, and plastic packaged lunches for the duration of lent.
Ms Jardine commented:
“The problems caused by plastic pollution are finally catching the attention of the public. Yet, we all continue to buy and discard single-use plastic on a daily basis, with few people acknowledging the impact our throwaway culture has on people overseas.
“We can all take a stand by joining Tearfund’s Matched Giving Appeal and going plastic free for just 40 days, and hopefully longer if you can!
“The extraordinary difference that can be made by this small act is why I’ll be giving up single-use plastic including single-use cups, water bottles, and plastic straws.
“We all share the same planet and have an equal responsibility for the environment.
“I hope that everyone in Edinburgh West will join me in this pledge to help change our throwaway culture and make a positive change.”