The BBC is to capitalise on the impact of Blue Planet II by launching a campaign to help people to use less plastic.
The initiative, called Plastics Watch, has the backing of Sir David Attenborough, who said that he had been astonished by the response to his series in which the carnage caused by plastic in the oceans was highlighted.
The campaign will “provide information and advice to positively enable the British public to help reduce plastic pollution”.
In content produced across TV, radio, news, online and children’s services it will “explore the statistics, science and real-life changes individuals are making around their consumption of single-use plastics”, a spokesman said.
Sir David said: “We hoped that Blue Planet II would open people’s eyes to the damage that we are doing to our oceans and the creatures that live in them. I never imagined there would be quite so many of you who would be inspired to want change. Please join us.”
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will present a programme called War on Plastics and BBC One will show a documentary called Drowning in Plastic. Stacey Dooley will present The Truth About What You Wear, exposing the taste for “fast” and disposable fashion.
The Plastics Action website will ask people to make five changes to reduce their use of plastic.