Is it Time to Ban the Plastic Bottle?

Every single second, 20,000 single-use drinking bottles are sold around the world. That is more than a million pieces of non-biodegradable rubbish produced every minute. And as demand grows in developing economies, so will the mountains of waste, with much of it ending up in the ocean.

We learn how the invention of the plastic bottle spawned an industry that has quickly got us hooked. We hear the consequences of our addiction from the man who has dedicated his life to The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And, with one estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish, we ask if we now need a radical solution. Is it time to ban the plastic bottle?

Presenter: James Fletcher
Producers: Simon Maybin and Sarah Shebbeare

(Photo: A bottle of water sits on the floor inside a recycling facility. Credit: Getty Images)

Release date:

Available now

23 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Jul 2017 03:06 GMT
BBC World Service Australasia

North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

korea-p051r3xp.jpg

A spotlight on how North Korea developed its nuclear weapons and its plans for them

The Best of The Inquiry

The Best of The Inquiry

Of 100 episodes made over 2 years, these are our favourite 12 programmes

The Inquiry Podcast

MP3 Player.jpg

Download every programme.