Ecover showcases sustainable plastics at RHS Hampton Court Show

Mon, Jul 15, 2013

Climate Change

Research from the Marine Conservation Society reveals that plastic debris accounts for almost 60 per cent of all litter found on UK beaches, and the UN Environmental Programme estimates that more than 1 million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine mammals die every year from ingesting plastic debris. Nearly two million plastic bottles are used in the UK every day and, whilst UK recycling rates have significantly increased over the past few years*, around 40% of plastic bottles are sent to landfill.

The threat posed to UK coastal and inland waterways by the careless disposal of plastic has inspired the design of the Ecover garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (9 – 14 July). Designed by Matthew Childs, the garden uses strips of sustainably sourced plastic, which are woven in with the garden’s planting, to highlight the need to save our rivers, lakes and oceans from pollution.

Ecover also created a giant bumblebee out of recycled material to inspire everyone to recycle their plastics and think about planting bee friendly plants.

Hampton Court

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