Between the 03 and 10 of March, marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage has organised a series of Mass Unwrap events in supermarkets across the UK to call for action to tackle wasteful and avoidable single-use plastic.
Kicking an addiction
Mass Unwrap is a fun, high-impact action that will highlight exactly how much plastic waste is produced in UK supermarkets after every shop. During the event, people across the country will leave their excess plastic waste at the till, instead of taking it home.
The events are being coordinated by Surfers Against Sewage volunteer community leaders and will be launched in West Hampstead, Anglesey, Carbis Bay and Totnes on Sunday 03 March before then moving to Bingley, Crouch End, Crowthorne, Abergavenny, Ferndown, Formby, Mortimer, Ilkley, Ladbroke Grove, Penzance and more. Check the Mass Unwrap events map for new events which will be registered during the week.
Accountability for waste plastic
Big brands are accountable for a disproportionately large amount of plastic pollution, placing vast quantities of avoidable and pointless single-use plastic on the market without a system in place to capture and reuse material.
Under current systems, the vast burden of all this plastic is put onto consumers, tax payers and ultimately the environment, while businesses contribute just 10% of the end-of-life disposal costs of their products and packaging.
Surfers Against Sewage is calling for supermarkets to be part of the solution and calls for them to cut out avoidable single-use plastic and redesign packaging, use recycled content and stop using virgin plastic and take responsibility and invest in proven systems technology such as an ‘all-in’ deposit return schemes for drinks containers.