“Single-use” was the Collins word of the year for 2018, reflecting widespread public concern about the volume of plastic being thrown away, and invariably ending up in the oceans. The response has been impressive with people making real change in their day-to-day lives and consumer pressure starting to force changes in supermarkets. Co-op recently announced they would introduce compostable carrier bags that can be re-used for food waste. However, as with all sustainability issues, it’s never as simple as “x is bad, so let’s replace x with y”. Indeed, in this case, I (and a growing number of others) fear we are stuck in a dogmatic rejection of plastic, and as a result losing sight of the key issues. It’s notable that the only environmental announcement in the last UK budget related to single-use plastics.