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'Single-use' is named by Collins Dictionary as Word of the Year 2018

Four-fold increase in use since 2013

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‘Single-use’, a term that describes items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain, has been named Collins’ Word of the Year 2018.

Single-use refers to products – often plastic – that are ‘made to be used once only’ before disposal. Images of plastic adrift in the most distant oceans, such as straws, bottles, and bags have led to a global campaign to reduce their use.

The word has seen a four-fold increase since 2013, with news stories and images such as those seen in the BBC’s Blue Planet II steeply raising public awareness of the issue.

The rest of the shortlist includes other trending issues, such as 'plogging' and 'MeToo'.

See the full list here

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