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The lexicographers from Collins Dictionary have examined 4.5 billion words of text in order to name 'single-use' as their word of the year for 2018. The word, which refers to items that are made to be used once then thrown away has seen a four-fold increase in its usage since 2013.

2018 has been a year for campaigning against single-use plastics, with the EU planning to bring in a ban on single-use plastics from 2021 and with programmes like Blue Planet II and Drowning In Plastic showing the damage done to the natural world by single-use plastics.  It shows that awareness of environmental issues, and of the damage we are causing, has been very much in people's minds this year.

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