Like many of you, over the last couple of months I’ve been taking up the challenge of cutting out harmful single use plastics.
Together with around 40 other MPs, for Lent I pledged to reuse plastic water bottles, use refillable coffee cups and avoid plastic cutlery. The aim was to raise awareness about the difficulties consumers face in going plastic free in everyday life.
The amount of marine litter is increasing so much that floating ‘continents’ have formed; one, in the Pacific Ocean, is bigger than France. Not only is it an environmental problem but it hits the economy, for instance it costs fisheries £62 million annually, and one in three fish caught in the English Channel contains pieces of plastic.
Thankfully the Government is taking action, and recently unveiled its 25 year plan for improving the environment, outlining the ways in which the Government will work with communities and businesses to leave the environment in a better state for future generations.
Thank you to everyone who came to my record breaking third MP’s Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair in March. The Fair’s success reflects the strength of our local economy, with firms from our area offering more than 500 jobs and apprenticeships on the day.
Nominations are now open for my Havant Small Business Awards. You can visit alanmak.org.uk/nominate to put forward your favourite café, pub or restaurant, a tradesman who has gone the extra mile, or a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you.
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