Science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin examines one of the biggest environmental threats facing the modern world. As science reveals the full extent of the ocean plastic crisis, she investigates the obstacles that must be overcome as a matter of urgency to solve it.
The reaction to the plastic crisis by the British public has been remarkable. But as a consumer Liz wants to explore what needs to be done to turn off the plastic tap at the source. Why is only 11% of plastic recycled globally? Why are billions of dollars still being invested in new plastic factories around the world? How does plastic in our food web affect human health?
Liz gathers a panel of experts to explore these and other issues with an aim to shed light on how we can all play a part in stopping the plastic tide.
Professor Richard Thompson, Director of the Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth, whose work on marine plastics has led him to consult with G7 nations on the monitoring of marine litter and has informed new legislation by the UK government on the use of microplastics in cosmetics.
Dr Stephanie Wright from King’s College London, whose research focuses on the impact of microplastics, from atmospheric and food sources, to human health.
David Newman, founder of Bio Based and Biodegradable Industries Association UK, who has 20 years of experience in the waste management sector, has collaborated with the UN’s Environmental Assembly and is working to develop innovative materials for the UK market.
Sian Sutherland, entrepreneur and co-founder of A Plastic Planet, a social impact non-profit organisation working with global brands, retailers, educators, legislators and governments to reduce the use of plastic packaging in food and drink.
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