Ethical Investing and the Scourge of Plastics

The popular BBC One television series Blue Planet II typifies media coverage drawing attention to the environmental damage caused by plastic waste.  This programme points out the alarming global reach of plastic detritus, its chemical toxicity and appallingly harmful effects on wildlife and sea creatures. The problem has been deemed sufficiently severe that the UK Government has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste as part of a 25-year plan.

Plastics waste

While individuals can make personal decisions to reduce their plastics use, they are constrained by the choices available. Although supermarket chains appear to be making some efforts with plastic packaging, a recent ‘Which?’ report indicates that considerable progress is still required.

This is where ethical investing steps in. It can encourage change by supporting environmentally-minded companies while avoiding those that contribute to the problem.

Q G Rayer (2018), Ethical investing and the scourge of plastics, DISCUS, available at, 3 pages, 15 November 2018.

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Dr Quintin Rayer

About Dr Quintin Rayer

Quintin is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, a Chartered Wealth Manager and holds a Physics degree from Imperial College London and a Physics doctorate in atmospheric physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.