Recently I saw a particularly interesting item on TV (may have been on 'The One Show', not sure). It described a new use for those plastic cups that get sent to landfill in their thousands after office folk have drunk from them just once. Unbelievably someone in this country has devised a way through various processes of converting these cups to lead pencils!! Well not the bit you write with perhaps but the part that surrounds the graphite which usually consists of wood.
I never cease to be amazed at man's inventiveness and would say that not only are we good at this in Britain - we are absolutely brilliant. In the past on 'Dragons Den' I've seen some really intriguing products and very often it's just things like lack of marketing acumen that hinder their uptake.
This country's ingenuity has a very proud record and is something we must make maximum use of over the decades to come, especially when it comes to sorting out environmental problems.