Planet and plastic: End of the love story?

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On top of everything else, the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in plastic waste across the world.

Experts estimate that in the past year, around 100 billion single-use face masks have been binned every month – and we don’t have the means to safely dispose of this huge amount.

On top of that, with industry across the globe grinding to a halt – including oil, which plastic is made from – it’s now cheaper to make brand new plastic than it is to recycle old items into new.

But this wasn’t always the case. There was once a time when we celebrated plastic as a technical marvel, one which was making our lives simpler and easier.

So is our relationship with plastic at an end? Should we call this a break up? An ‘it’s not me, it’s definitely you’ moment?

Original idea and written by: Nesta McGregor

Animation: Chris Shaw

Actors: Tia Banon and Kwami Odoom

Producers: Will Chalk and Jim Farthing

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