This month Sian Sutherland who set up A Plastic Planet spoke with the BBC on the climate crisis. Sian is passionate about igniting and inspiring the world to turn off the plastic tap. She has been leading one of the many pressure groups who attended COP26, campaigning to highlight the 70% of fabrics in the world’s clothing that are made from oil-based synthetic yarn. Sian wants companies and the public to commit to shifting towards natural textiles and have an awareness of where plastic waste ends up and what we can do to improve the climate crisis.
Today Sian Sutherland was one of five expert panellists at the UK COP26 Climate Change Conference who set out to explain why plastic is so intrinsically connected to the climate crisis, the true impact on our health, where our plastic waste ends up and whose job it is to fix the problem. To watch ‘Plastic – The canary in the climate crisis coal-mine’ click here.
A Plastic Planet featured in the news this month as the team support for the development of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) schemes that work to reduce waste. The UK Government is pushing brands to pay for litter picking and business waste disposal as part of the global drive. Co-founder Sian Sutherland commented “for too long the guilt of the plastic crisis has been laid on shoppers, while the organisations who are pumping it out have no responsibility whatsoever. Extended producer responsibility is crucial if we’re to meet plastic pollution head on”.