Celebs back campaign for stricter packaging laws

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TV judge Rob Rinder and NASA astronaut Nicole Stott have joined environmentalists in calling for tough new laws on reusable packaging.

A letter signed by 37 key figures and organised by charity City to Sea was sent to political party leaders ahead of next month’s general election.

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It said progress transitioning away from single-use packaging was “far too slow”.

The letter was also signed by representatives from Greenpeace, Abel & Cole and the University of West of England.

“Legislative change is vital to create a level playing field for businesses to deliver reuse and refill at scale,” it said.

“We call on all political parties to set legally-binding, time-bound targets to accelerate the transition to reuse in the UK.

“This includes 30 per cent of packaging to be reusable by 2030, supported by a complete ban on unnecessary single-use plastic packaging and full support for a robust global plastics treaty.”

City to Sea chief executive Jane Martin said: “For real change to take place, a level playing field, facilitated by government intervention, is crucial.”