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Wimbledon isn’t Wimbledon without strawberries and Pimms, but anyone hoping to suck the favourite tipple through a straw at this year’s championship will be disappointed. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has said it is ditching plastic straws in favour of recyclable paper alternatives. The organisers of the world’s most iconic tennis tournament are providing 87 water re-fill points and offering paper bags for all purchases of merchandise.
The fact that such a traditional, august institution as the All England Lawn Tennis Club should be taking action against plastic waste goes to show just how far – and fast – the issue has climbed up the political agenda. This month also saw the launch of the UK Plastic Pact, a collaboration between 68 retailers, brands, makers of packaging and waste and recycling companies, which set a voluntary target for all plastics packaging to be either reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. (See Analysis: UK retailers’ plastic pact must be backed by real change)
New research commissioned by the green electricity company Good Energy places plastic just below climate change as the chief environmental concern of UK citizens.
Around one in four (24%) of UK citizens put plastic at the top...