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Children’s tales reveal worries about plastic

Plastic has been named children’s word of the year following an analysis of the language they used when writing stories.

An annual study of thousands of short stories submitted to the 2018 BBC Radio 2 competition found the use of “plastic” had doubled in a year as children wrote about the threat to the planet of discarded bottles, bags and containers.

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.”