IMAGINE what a plastic-free world could look like.

Well you can at a free science talk later this month.

Daresbury Laboratory's Talking Science programme is a series of free inspirational talks for the general public which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

International acknowledged Professor Averil MacDonald OBE will explore a series of questions relating to the plastic crisis in a one-off lecture at the Pyramid and Parr Hall in Palmyra Square in Warrington on Thursday, November 15 from 7pm to 8pm.

A return to paper bags for our shopping and grease proof paper for our cheese would reduce the amount of ‘single use plastic’ and litter in our oceans.

Professor MacDonald’s talk will consider this, along with the surprising things that plastics can, and have done for us.

She will also question whether plastics are as bad as they are painted in the media, as well as why biodegradable plastic could be the worst alternative option possible.

Wendy Cotterill, senior public engagement officer at Daresbury Laboratory, and organiser of the Talking Science programme, said: "Plastics in our environment is an emotive and controversial topic, so this is a fantastic opportunity to gain a deeper understanding into the many complexities of this matter.

"It’s a great feeling to be bringing our Talking Science lecture to Warrington, in celebration of our 20th year, and to be welcoming the inspirational Professor MacDonald to help mark this exciting milestone with us.”

Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

For details on this event, and further information on Daresbury Laboratory’s Talking Science programme, please see the Talking Science webpage.

If you have any queries, email, or call 01925 603040.