ZSL response to the 2017 Autumn Budget Statement

ZSL (Zoological Society London) has today (22 November 2017) responded to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond’s, Autumn Statement.

Plastic bottles are contributing to the pollution of our ocean and killing marine life

Dominic Jermey, Director General of ZSL (Zoological Society of London), said:

“We are delighted to see a commitment from the UK Government to look for ways to discourage the use of single-use plastic. 700,000 plastic bottles are discarded every day in the UK alone, contributing to the pollution of our ocean and killing marine life.

“As lead partner of the #OneLess campaign, we are already pushing forward this agenda, engaging with London businesses, NGOs and policy makers to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles getting into the ocean via the Thames. 

With #OneLess, we are trying to create a refill revolution across London and connect Londoners to the ocean, and ZSL’s marine scientists will be providing evidence to the government to help shape future policies that could save our seas.

“We stopped selling plastic water bottles at both ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in June last year, and our aim is to eradicate all single-use plastic from our catering operations by the end of 2017.” 

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