Bottles and oceans

Selfridges, the UK department store, has announced it will no longer be selling single-use plastic bottles, as part of a lauched by the image_thumbZoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Marine Reserves Coalition (MRC) and supported by Greenpeace UK. Selfriges said it previously sold around 400 thousand plastic water bottles a year in its stores and restaurants. Instead, Selfridges will provide bottled water in glass and water taps to refill reusable plastics bottles (see image).

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has criticized this innitiative. Philip Law, the BPF’s Director General, commented: “The availability of water in portable, lightweight bottles promotes good health and can be critical in emergency situations. Plastic products do not litter themselves onto our streets or into our oceans, people do". Law highlighted the recycling results: “During 2014, nearly 60 percent of PET plastic bottles in the household waste stream were collected for recycling”.

To see the Selfridges campaign, click HERE
To read the BPF position, click HERE.

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