Selfridges bans plastic water bottles

The department store Selfridges has implemented a ban on the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles in a bid to help reduce the amount of pollution in the world’s oceans.

Selfridges sells close to 400,000 single-use plastic water bottles a year throughout its food halls and restaurants, but after a recent survey disclosed the full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans, the store is instead encouraging shoppers to fill their own water containers an newly implemented water fountains in the London store’s food hall.

The initiative is part of an on-going collaboration with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Marine Reserves Coalition (MRC), and plans to reduce plastic waste as well as help facilitate a change in behaviour around the use of plastic.

Deputy chairman Alannah Weston said: “The Selfridges Project Ocean campaign is one which is very close to my heart and our business.

“With our latest initiative we aim to drive awareness of the serious threat plastic poses to our oceans, in particular single use plastic water bottles.

“We will be encouraging people to think twice about their use of plastic water bottles, which ultimately end up as waste destroying our precious oceans.”

Professor Jonathan Baillie, ZSL’s director of conservation programmes said: “The staggering volume of plastic entering our oceans every year is having a devastating effect on our marine wildlife, from tiny corals to great whales.

“No matter where plastic litter originates, once it reaches the ocean it becomes a planetary problem as it is carried by ocean currents.”

Meanwhile, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK said: “The impact on wildlife, the environment and the potential harm to human health are only now becoming abundantly clear. The actions taken by Selfridges to raise awareness about the plastic in our oceans is a courageous step that other retailers need to urgently follow.”

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