Award winning craft lemonade brand, GUNNA Drinks, have launched a petition to lobby the UK Government to ban the use of single use plastics in the soft drink industry.
GUNNA want the Government to take action to cut down plastic pollution by banning single-use plastic bottles in the manufacture of soft drinks. With alternatives, such as aluminum cans and glass bottles available, this is an achievable mission for businesses operating in the sector.
GUNNA Drinks pledged to be carbon negative and eliminate twice the carbon they create, making them the UK’s most carbon-negative craft soft drink. Off the back of being carbon negative the GUNNA team have pledged to go even further with lobbying the UK government to take action against plastic bottles.
In the UK 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are used each year, with the average person in the UK now using 150 plastic water bottles every year – that’s more than 3 a week. Many are discarded, and end up polluting our rivers and seas. 83% of the plastic packaging waste we throw away in the UK comes from food and drink packaging, GUNNA want the UK government to address this and take a stand against single use plastic.
In support of their efforts to lobby the government in banning plastics in the soft drinks sector the craft lemonade team behind GUNNA headed to Cornwall to complete a beach clean at Gwithian Beach, Hayle.
Melvin Jay, Founder and CEO of GUNNA Drinks said: “We need to end the obsession with plastic bottles. Let’s stop choking up our oceans, and clogging our beaches and landfills with this unnecessary type of plastic bottle.
“The way to tackle this problem is simple – the UK Government must ban the use of these harmful plastic bottles in soft drinks, and we as consumers must switch to using aluminum cans or glass instead.”
He added: “We say planet before profits and support us in telling the Government to take action today, ban the use of plastic bottles for soft drinks.”
The petition can be found HERE and GUNNA are asking for those who support the ban of plastic bottles to share this on social media using the hashtag #letscanplastic