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Chippy serves up plastic fish to highlight ocean pollution

A fish and chip shop in Blackburn, Lancashire, has served up portions of battered plastic fish and chips to raise awareness about the amount of plastic in our oceans and its threat to fish stocks.

The Chippery teamed up with marine conservation charity Plastic Oceans UK for the stunt back, which was filmed back in October with actors playing the role of staff members.

The two-minute video, which has just been released, shows customers reacting angrily as they try and cut into their plastic fish with one complaining: “It’s a plastic bottle with batter on it!”

Hatice Tasdemir, who owns the business with her husband Servet, comments: "The director lives in Blackburn and he asked if we would help with this film. We said yes as we wanted to help him and make others realise what is going on in the world with all this plastic.

"It was hard, people were complaining and asking for their money back, but when we gave them free fish and chips at the end they were okay!"

The video was created to highlight claims by the charity that over 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean each year, a figure that is predicted to increase to over 20 million tonnes by 2030, resulting in more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Watch the video by clicking here.


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