Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined the battle against single-use plastic by supporting a project to encourage a ‘Plastic Free Parliament’.

The initiative, which has just been launched, aims to reduce the amount of avoidable single-use plastic used in Parliament.

Mr Heappey – who has been vocal in his desire to stop the use of avoidable plastic which is finding its way into our oceans – is hoping the Palace of Westminster can lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly future.

He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “By reducing our plastic consumption by using refillable bottles, using refillable coffee cups and refusing straws, we can all do our bit to make a difference.”

Mr Heappey has seen first-hand the impact of plastic locally, having taken part in beach cleans in Burnham-On-Sea and been shocked by the amount which is washed up on beaches.

He added: “The reality is that if each of us just tried to use one less piece of plastic each day, the cumulative effect around the world would be huge and I am delighted to support an initiative to ensure Parliament can lead by example.”

To find out more about the Plastic Free Parliament campaign, click here.

Pictured: Burnham’s MP James Heappey with Cllr Peter Clayton and Burnham’s coastal commnunity officer Tanya Cox