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Louise Minchin on going plastic free

PUBLISHED: 16:10 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:11 12 February 2018

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin

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Beautiful Bali was a recent holiday destination for the BBC’s Chester-based presenter Louise Minchin. But its beauty came with a shock

I thought I had decided what my New Year resolution for this year would be, it was to avoid procrastination, but I have changed my mind after being shaken into action after a visit to Bali in search of winter sunshine.

It is a staggeringly beautiful tropical paradise with wonderfully funny and warm people, and I loved being there. What shocked me though was the sight I saw as we wandered one afternoon, onto a rocky promontory beside one of the island’s thousands of temples.

We were there in the aftermath of a dramatic storm. Huge waves had been crashing over the volcanic rocks, but I hadn’t realised as I watched the furious white water, that the waves had been depositing plastic and rubbish everywhere. As the storm subsided and the rocks dried, we went to see the view. It wasn’t what I had expected. Beneath our feet the age-old lava was strewn with shredded plastic bags, wrappers, bottles, straws and detritus on what I had presumed would have been a coastline washed pristine clean by the sea. It was a shocking reminder of the impact of humans on the environment.

I, like many of you I am sure, watched Blue Planet before Christmas, and saw the devastating effects on marine life of our reliance on plastic. I thought at the time that I should try and do something about it, but not until it was festering under my feet in such a beautiful location did I think, ‘Right that’s it, that is enough’. Recycling plastic is not sufficient for me, I must try, as much as is practical, to wean myself off it. If I don’t use it, it can’t end up in the sea.

I’m not sure I will make a difference, but I am determined to challenge the way I think, and the way I shop. First up, I have bought Dan Walker and myself reusable water bottles to use on the BBC Breakfast set when we are presenting.

Next, I will try and make 2017 the last time I accepted a plastic bag in a shop. I will also try and buy food which is not wrapped in unnecessary packaging, and buy from my local butcher and greengrocer who use paper instead.

This is just a small start and I won’t solve the problem, but that’s what my 2018 resolution is going to be, to turn my back on plastic.

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