Politicians, business leaders and environmental campaigners have come together to urge the UK Government and the EU to ban non-food plastic sachets.

Organised by campaign group A Plastics Planet, around 40 representatives have written an open letter online to include plastic sachets in the single-use plastics ban.

The letter has received support from 22 UK cross-party politicians, including former environment advisor to Theresa May, Lord Randall of Uxbridge, and former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Additionally, European Parliament members including Margrete Auken, Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, Eleonora Evi, and Ivan Vilibor Sincic are supporting the letter.

Iceland Foods’ managing director Richard Walker, University College London professor Julia Stegemann from and Dr Paul Butler from University of Exeter also joined to support.

A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland was quoted by media sources as saying: “We’ve seen governments across the world crow about bans on single-use plastics, but the sample sachet is a huge piece of the pollution puzzle which every one of them is missing.

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“The hundreds of billions of sample sachets pumped out by the personal and home care industries each year are used to drive instant sales but will pollute the planet for centuries. With solutions readily available there is no excuse for inaction. Any ban on single-use plastics must cover sample sachets to stamp them out once and for all.”

The experts in their letter warned of having a trillion sachets by 2030. With 122 billion plastic sachets every year, personal care industry is one of the leading contributors.