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Cumbria boy writes to Aldi to say ‘use less plastic’

A nature-loving boy posted a letter to Aldi asking them to stop using plastic packaging after being inspired by an episode of Blue Planet 2.

Six-year-old Harrison Forsyth watched the nature documentary with his mother Marie, 38, and he became distressed when a scene showed a whale chewing on plastic.

Days after watching the programme he noticed a large amount of plastic in Aldi while shopping with his mother and sister Eliza Forsyth, four.

Nature-loving Harrison Forsyth posted a heartwarming letter to Aldi asking them to stop using unnecessary packaging after watching an episode of Blue Planet 2

Days after watching the programme he noticed a large amount of plastic in Aldi while shopping with his mother Marie, 38, and sister Eliza Forsyth (pictured), aged four

Days after watching the programme he noticed a large amount of plastic in Aldi while shopping with his mother Marie, 38, and sister Eliza Forsyth (pictured), aged four

He told Mrs Forsyth he wanted to write a letter to the boss of the supermarket to express his concern of their packaging and ask them to stop using so much plastic.

His letter read: ‘Dear boss of Aldi, I have watched this programme called Blue Planet 2 and I have seen that the plastic in the sea is making the animals sick and die.

‘So please can you stop using plastic that you can not recycle?’ 

His letter read: 'Dear boss of Aldi, I have watched this programme called Blue Planet 2 and I have seen that the plastic in the sea is making the animals sick and die'

His letter read: ‘Dear boss of Aldi, I have watched this programme called Blue Planet 2 and I have seen that the plastic in the sea is making the animals sick and die’

Mrs Forsyth, from Lazonby, Cumbria, said: ‘I think it is amazing. I am really proud of him. When he watched the programme it was enough to make him think. He was so upset he couldn’t watch that scene.

‘After seeing the harm it does to animals he felt really strongly about it. From a really young age Harrison has loved anything to do with the sea.

‘I feel strongly about it myself. It is ridiculous how much packaging they use that isn’t needed.

He told Mrs Forsyth that he wanted to write a letter to the boss of the supermarket to express his concern of their packaging

He told Mrs Forsyth that he wanted to write a letter to the boss of the supermarket to express his concern of their packaging

‘We aren’t an extremely green family but we do what we can. We always recycle as much as we can.

‘We went shopping and there was a huge amount of things we bought from Aldi that comes in plastic packaging that isn’t recyclable.

‘It really upset him. We talked about it and I said, “what can we do about it?” And he said, “we need to get them to stop”. After discussing ideas he decided to write to Aldi.’

Apart from Blue Planet, one of Harrison’s favourite programme is The Octonauts, a cartoon about a team of undersea explorers, where his love for sea life preservation came from.

Harrison has since taken in his letter to school for show and tell to encourage others to help the environment.

Mrs Forsyth, a legal officer, said: ‘We could shop elsewhere but like a lot of other busy mums I want to go somewhere convenient and affordable. Something else could be used instead of plastic.

‘I have noticed Aldi have been using unrecyclable plastic for a long time. Why is it needed?

Mrs Forsyth (left), from Lazonby, Cumbria, said: 'I think it is amazing. I am really proud of him.  He was so upset he couldn't watch that scene in the programme'

Mrs Forsyth (left), from Lazonby, Cumbria, said: ‘I think it is amazing. I am really proud of him.  He was so upset he couldn’t watch that scene in the programme’

‘We haven’t had a response from Aldi yet apart from a quick acknowledgment. We want someone to look into it.

‘He loves watching Blue Planet. It is one of his favourite shows. He loves anything to do with nature and loves David Attenborough. He would love to work with animals in the future.’

An Aldi spokesperson said: ‘We have thanked Harrison and his Mum for their comments and can reassure them we are committed to reducing waste across our business and supply chain.

‘As part of this process, we are reviewing all our own-label plastic packaging to see where further reductions can be made.’ 



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