Petition launched to ban plastic bottles

By Gwen Ridler

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Gunna Drinks has called for a ban on plastic packaging
Gunna Drinks has called for a ban on plastic packaging

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Gunna Drinks has launched a petition to lobby the UK government to ban the use of single use plastics in the soft drink industry.

The drinks manufacturer called for a greater push for packaging alternatives such as aluminium cans and glass bottles, which it called an ‘achievable mission for businesses operating in the sector’.  

Melvin Jay, founder and chief executive of Gunna Drinks said: “We need to end the obsession with plastic bottles. Let’s stop choking up our oceans and clogging our beaches and landfills with this unnecessary type of plastic bottle. 

Switching from plastic  

“The way to tackle this problem is simple - the UK Government must ban the use of these harmful plastic bottles in soft drinks, and we as consumers must switch to using aluminium cans or glass instead.” 

Gunna supported its campaign against single use plastic bottles with a pledge to be carbon negative and eliminate twice the carbon it creates. 

According to the company, 7.7bn plastic water bottles are used each year, with the average person in the UK now using 150 plastic water bottles every year – more than three a week.  

River and sea pollution​  

Many are discarded and end up polluting our rivers and seas. 83% of the plastic packaging waste we throw away in the UK comes from food and drink packaging 

“We say planet before profits and support us in telling the Government to take action today, ban the use of plastic bottles for soft drinks,​” Jay added.  

Meanwhile, Walkers has revealed it is investing £14m in new sustainable food packaging innovations​ that will remove 250 tonnes of virgin plastic from its supply chain annually. 

The move will see the outer plastic packaging on millions of Walkers 22- and 24- bag multipacks be replaced with a new cardboard design which reduces the amount of virgin plastic used by the firm.  

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Plastic is not as recyclable as aluminium

Posted by Melvin Jay,

Hi, sorry but that’s simply not true, plastic is not “as recyclable as aluminium”. Sadly plastic can only be recycled once, maybe twice if you are very lucky. Aluminium and glass recycles forever.

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River and sea pollution

Posted by J Tudor,

I wonder if the CEO of Gunna Drinks realises the damage to the environment in the mining of bauxite, or the toxic residue produced when extracting aluminium from the ore. Aluminium is also toxic to fish under certain circumstances.

The fact that plastic bottles are as recyclable as aluminium and glass should also be acknowledged.

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