Coffeetive Dissonance

“Environment Secretary Michael Gove said in December that Britain had to “stop offshoring our dirt” and deal with its plastic waste at home.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/06/14/china-plastics-ban-malaysia-vietnam-poland/

“However, the reusable version appeared to have been abandoned in favour of a plastic-lined, single-use cup as he gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the work of Defra – including topics such as farming, air quality and post-Brexit plans.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/michael-gove-disposable-coffee-cup-environment-meeting-plastic-pollution-latte-levy-a8396761.html

UK government is committed to personally creating fulfilling jobs for those who deal with its plastic waste.

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Peelyethylene

“Prepacked orange segments … last about four days whereas a whole orange can last months. Compare the environmental lifetime of orange peel (months) and polyethylene (effectively eternity) – all for the convenience of not peeling an orange.” http://theconversation.com/plastic-packaging-is-often-pollution-for-profit-95015

But with the ‘prepared’ orange, you get the bonus chance of discovering some overworked, underpaid, abused, injured, migrant worker’s blue plaster.

Plexit

“The UK exported more of its plastic packaging waste abroad for recycling in 2016 than in any of the three years previously. …
More plastic waste is now making its way to Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. … The three countries are all significant sources of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans, mainly due to poor waste collections and management.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988755/uk_exporting_67_of_plastic_waste_amid_illegal_practices_warnings.html

This news will hearten those who fear Britain’s international trade will suffer from Brexit: the UK is already a key player in Asia’s dirty economy.