On 2nd May Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty’s Government “what action they plan to take to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging for food, drink and other consumer items.” The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nick Holtam, asked a follow-up question:
The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, it is good that we are making such progress on the issue of plastic and food packaging but it is important to think holistically about this. In the UK we throw away about 235 million items of clothing every month, 60% of which includes polyester. Bishops know a thing or two about dressing up, and churches and charities know about recycling, but will the Minister say what steps are being taken to address the use of polyester in human packaging?
Lord Gardiner of Kimble: I may have needed notice of that very intriguing question. However, it goes to the heart of what I would call wise and sustainable use, and it is why I actively encourage natural fibres. The use of wool is a very good idea.