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Blue Planet fans get help to cut plastic

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.

Rubbish: why your recycling isn’t working

On Sunday evening, in the final episode of Blue Planet II, David Attenborough used his (widely praised) address to the nation to highlight — among other topics — the growing problem of plastic. “Since its invention some 100 years ago plastic has become an integral part of our daily lives,” he said as he scrambled along a beach strewn with litter. “But every year some eight million tons of it ends up in the ocean . . . and there it can be lethal.”