Symphony Environmental Technologies plc (LON:SYM) said a YouGov survey commissioned by the company has revealed that 86% of UK adults would be happy to use oxo-biodegradable plastic instead of their usual plastic.
The AIM-listed firm said the report - which surveyed a representative sample of 2,107 people across the UK - was designed to measure the public’s awareness, knowledge and desire to take action against plastic pollution, which is now a worldwide problem.
The YouGov survey also revealed that 90% of UK adults would support treating everyday plastic items with oxo-biodegradable technology and 88% would support the UK government legislating to make the use of oxo-degradable plastic a legal requirement, as other governments have done.
Michael Laurier, CEO of Symphony, commented: “The results of this survey show the public are overwhelming in favour of taking positive action to reduce the amount of plastic litter in the open environment and believe that the Government needs to take decisive action and legislate for oxo-bio plastic technology.”
The report coincided with a seminar arranged by Symphony to raise awareness of oxo-biodegradable technology, which, unlike ordinary plastic, will break down over time in the presence of oxygen.
Chris Packham, an environmentalist and presenter of BBC’s Autumnwatch was the guest speaker at the seminar and talked about the danger that plastic littler poses to wildlife and the benefits of oxo-biodegradable plastics.
Symphony's CEO also presented at a forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on April 17 discussing how smarter plastics can impact in the battle against plastic pollution.