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Press release: Engain supports Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War on Plastic

13th June 2019

Makers of a new BBC series have worked with Frome-based environmental advisors, to produce footage they hope will change consumer and big business behaviour.

The first episode of War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita opened with some shocking scenes, presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, demonstrating the scale of the single-use plastic packaging problem.

The first episode of War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita opened with scenes of plastic waste appearing to be dumped into the sea, by the truckload. Presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, this shocking footage clearly demonstrated the scale of the single-use plastic packaging problem: every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic is emptied into the world’s oceans.

The show’s creators sought professional advice to create this hard-hitting environmental stunt, to ensure it was conducted without risk.

The team at Frome-based Engain worked with the show’s production crew to understand their filming requirements, and then provided general environmental guidance.

Jack Spurway, a consultant for Engain commented:

“Single-use plastic has many unintended detrimental consequences for the natural world, and we’re really pleased to have been able to support this campaign.

“This is an urgent environmental issue, but with Hugh’s strong leadership, we hope this new series will help bring about significant, positive change.”

Ellie Kynaston, a researcher for the new BBC One series added:

“We want to draw maximum attention to the problem and invigorate a conversation around plastic – and with an audience of millions we are in a good position to do this.”

After helping the film crew produce footage for the first episode, Engain’s advisors then joined the campaign team and involved Bristol community in a publicised call to action over plastic packaging. This public demonstration also features in the new series.

War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita is a three-part BBC One documentary. Watch the first episode on iPlayer.

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