Sir David Attenborough: Cut plastic waste by stopping 'functionless' uses

Sir David Attenborough has called on people to cut down on plastic waste by stopping 'functionless' uses of the material

Sir David Attenborough has called on people to cut down on plastic waste by stopping 'functionless' uses of the material

Sir David Attenborough has called on people to cut down on plastic waste by stopping 'functionless' uses of the material.

The TV presenter's Blue Planet series has been credited with driving international action on plastics, including UK Government proposals to ban plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme ahead of the reopening of Kew Gardens' Temperate House, Sir David warned the planet risked being 'overwhelmed' by humanity using plastic with 'total abandon'.

Asked whether Government initiatives, such as the 5p tax on plastic bags, were an adequate response to the danger, Sir David said: 'We can never go far enough, because we shall always be overwhelmed with plastic, but at the moment we are using plastic in a completely functionless way.'

He added: 'It baffles me that people send me letters and if they think they're important they put them in a plastic envelope. Why? I just can't understand. I suppose it makes them look precious, but it is quite functionless.

'We use plastic - or have done until now - with total abandon, without any care or concern about where it's going to go and what it might do.

'If we can pull ourselves together and recognise that actually it is a major danger, particularly in the sea, we are stepping in the right direction.'

Sir David has given his support to the Daily Mail's Great Plastic Pick Up next weekend, along with Theresa May and Chris Packham.

The Mail is stepping up its war on plastic with The Great Plastic Pick Up — a weekend where we’re helping communities, schools, families and individuals across the UK to come together to clear plastic litter from our beaches, beauty spots and streets, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy

The Mail is stepping up its war on plastic with The Great Plastic Pick Up — a weekend where we're helping communities, schools, families and individuals across the UK to come together to clear plastic

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV Taxi driver mauled to death trying to take a selfie with a bear in India
NEXT R. Kelly hits back at the Time's Up campaign's call for a boycott of his music