Our Plastic Cycle
My names Josh Hoyle and next spring I will be attempting a world first summit of Mount Everest (8848m) plastic free. My journey to Everest will hopefully raise awareness of the catastrophic plastic pollution that is affecting every person on this planet. There’s over 8 billion tonnes of plastic, and more than 300 million tonnes in our oceans. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more weight in plastic than fish in our oceans. These statistics are horrific, and more needs to be done to challenge this plastic cycle. My world first Everest attempt will hopefully kick start a change in the way we approach even the smallest tasks in our life. If I can get to the summit of Mount Everest plastic free, what change can you make?
My Everest attempt will take my around two months to complete, In those two months around 50 millions tonnes of plastic will be deposited into our oceans – That’s nearly 1 tonne of plastic for every person in the UK. In just two months!!! My journey to the top of the world will hopefully show why we don’t need to use as much plastic as we all think and demonstrate changes that need to be put in place to safeguard the future of our planet.
I would however, like to personally congratulate Mr Hammond on the new budget announcement today, which would imply taxation of plastic at source. All plastic with less than 30% recyclable plastics will be taxed from 2022. By taxing virgin plastic at source we can begin to stem the tide of plastics that are blighting our marine world. We need to turn off the plastic tap and this is a step in the right direction. Britain can and must lead the environmental movement and I want to be a big part of this!
This is just the beginning.
Dream Big. Dream Everest.
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