Chris Evans: ‘It’s ridiculous’ Virgin Radio host backs wife’s decision on plastic waste

Chris Evans: ‘It’s ridiculous’ Virgin Radio host backs wife’s decision on plastic waste

Chris Evans, 53, told his Virgin Radio listeners that his wife, Natasha Shishmanian, 39, when she cancelled her food subscription to a company after finding out how much plastic packaging it was using. She ordered six weeks-worth of plant based products that came packaged in “too much” plastic., and he agreed with her decision.

She said this has got to stop so she cancelled the subscription straight away because of the plastic that it came in, the packaging it came in

Chris Evans

Chris called the usage “ridiculous” and was happy when Natasha made the decision to cancel the subscription straight away.

Scientists have been issuing warnings that we’re getting to the ‘act now or pay later’ stage, as global warming is slowly but surely destroying our planet.

There are lots of people doing their bit to help reduce their plastic waste dramatically, including big chain stores who are taking steps to cut down all unnecessary plastic packaging and opting for sustainable materials that can be recycled easily.

But some companies haven’t started to do so.

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“My wife last week, bless her, spent a small fortune with this company getting all the ingredients you need for a plant based week of food,” Chris detailed.

“And it all arrived – day one and she’d ordered six weeks-worth, so over six weeks.”

“She said this has got to stop so she cancelled the subscription straight away because of the plastic that it came in, the packaging it came in,” he confessed that he wasn’t the only one unimpressed with the amount of waste that came with the food.

The majority of plastic materials we use on a daily basis can take centuries to degrade, with a lot of it still in landfill in the UK – and we’re still consuming more.

Natasha was clearly concerned at the amount of throw away plastic food packaging attached to her order, and decided to do something about it to prevent their family from creating more plastic waste, and Chris agreed with her.

Scientists have found that the world cannot cope with the amount of plastic production, which has been proved to be having a catastrophic effect on the atmosphere and the world’s wildlife.

People are campaigning for our behaviours and attitude to change towards using as much plastic, to ensure we have a safe and healthy future for our planet.

But we still have a long way to go.

Listeners could hear Chris’ co-star’s, Vassos Alexander and Rachel Horne, gasp in horror when the radio host described the amount of waste.

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“It’s like, ‘hang on a minute, this is terrible’!” Chris exclaimed.

“There’s no use looking after ourselves – it took a van to deliver two day’s worth of shopping,” he said, bewildered.

Natasha isn’t the only person to cancel a subscription to a company that uses unnecessary packaging.

“We had that, we stopped it for the same reason,” Vassos admitted as he agreed with her decision: “You have a little bit of rice in a massive little thing of plastic!”

“It’s ridiculous!” Chris said.

“It’s not only that, but the separate herbs also have their own single use plastic containers.”

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When Chris was hosting BBC Radio Two last year, they ran a short story competition and Oxford University Press found that ‘plastic’ was the most used word.

With over 134,790 entries, they found it was a 100% increase compared to 2017.

Chris revealed the result on his show and was proud that children seemed to be demonstrating an awareness and passion for environmental issues: “Plastic is a fantastic Word of the Year!

“It really shows just how incredibly engaged with and how much the young people in Britain today care about the world around them.”

If you’d like to know more about how you can reduce your plastic waste, please visit https://cleanstreets.westminster.gov.uk/plastic-waste-complete-guide/#2.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky airs weekdays at 6:30am on Virgin Radio.

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