Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on unsustainable packaging.
Currently, the EFRA Select Committee is carrying out an inquiry into plastic packaging – and Neil was quick to point out it is essential we reduce the amount of plastic we use.
Speaking after the debate, Neil said: “The EFRA Select Committee is partway through our inquiry into plastic waste. However, it is clear from the evidence we have taken so far, we need to reduce the amount of plastic we use.
“For example, we can all carry reusable water bottles with us, and follow Water UK’s suggestion of installing more water fountains, to reduce plastic waste.
“Where someone does need to use a single use plastic bottle, we should ensure those bottles are properly recyclable. Either using reverse vending machines, or by using more compostable plastics. Both of these have problems, but they are a step in the right direction.”
You can read Neil's full speech here.