MP wants action over packaging

MP John Hayes is calling on the Government to take urgent action to tackle the amount of excess packaging being used by manufacturers.

Mr Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings, raised the issue during a House of Commons debate last week and is urging the Government to take action sooner rather than later to help save the environment.

He said: "When my young children have their toys they come packaged in paper, metal, plastic, wood and every other kind of thing that one can imagine.

"When we bought toys or when they were bought for us as children, they came very simply packaged."

Mr Hayes added that there are many other examples of ways that excess packaging is getting "out of control".

He said: "This is not about information or safety; it is about marketing and about people making something that is very modest looking very grand.

"That is why toys are dressed up in the way that they are and that is why Easter eggs are packaged in expensive and rather grand boxes."

Speaking afterwards Mr Hayes said it is vital the Government takes action now.

He added: "Not too long ago fish and chips used to be wrapped in paper, not polystyrene boxes, and milk and pop came in returnable glass bottles.

"We need to look again at the benefits that returnable glass bottles and other forms of packaging can deliver compared to their plastic and polystyrene alternatives."