TURNING THE TIDE ON PLASTIC BY LUCY SIEGLE – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY ORION BOOKS 2018

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Lucy Siegle – Turning the tide on Plastic is here just in time. Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

Because this matters. When it comes to single-use plastics, we are habitual users, reaching out for plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups, plastic straws and carrier bags multiple times a day. If only 12 of us adopt Lucy’s ‘reduce, rethink, refill, refuse’ approach, we could potentially ditch 3K-15K single items of plastic in a year. When we consider our power as influencers – whether at school, the hairdressers, at work or on the bus – we suddenly become part of something significant.

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Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world 4 times
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year
300 million tonnes of new plastic is produced every year
An estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world’s oceans
38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK
A million plastic bottles are used per minute around the world
500 million plastic straws are used per year

Without big action, at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050. That is the legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren.

Plastic flows into our lives from every direction and most of it is not recycled. Instead it is incinerated or ends up in landfill, where it will sit for hundreds of years, or enters the world’s seas where it fragments into tiny pieces to become microplastics – the environmental scourge of our times.

WHAT DID I THINK  This is a book that should be given to every single person in the world so they can see what they are doing to the places we live. Children should be taught from it all the things they could do or tell their parents to do. People are not taking enough notice or don’t want to actually realise what we are doing and the awful thing is that it will all get a lot worse if governments don’t start doing something, like banning single use plastics. Some countries have already done this why are we always lagging behind? Brilliant book and a big five stars from me.

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LINK TO BUY – Amazon

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Could you live without plastic?


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