Hugh’s War on Waste
Hugh’s War on Waste continues, and he’s got two new massive corporate targets in his sights. This time, he’s taking on Amazon, for all the packaging they produce, and the coffee shop giants, Starbucks, Costa, and Caffe Nero, for a recycling scandal that most of us never even knew existed.
In the UK we throw away a staggering 2.5 billion cardboard coffee cups every year. But our growing caffeine addiction brings with it a dark secret. Virtually none of these discarded cups end up being recycled. In fact, 99% of them are sent to landfill or incineration.
Hugh discovers that part of the reason for this is that most people assume that their coffee cups do get recycled … and don’t even know that there is a problem. But the opposite is true of for packaging. Everyone who has ever shopped online knows the frustrations of excess packaging. And when Hugh asked his online supporters who the worst offenders are, the answer is clear: Amazon, Amazon, Amazon.
Originally broadcast Thursday 28th July 2016.
It’s a shame no one has offered Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall the chance to lead the nation. He’s a man who sticks to his word and get things done – The Observer
Keo Films have done for sad worriers about waste what Strictly Come Dancing did for Ballroom – The Times