Buying disposable plastics such as water bottles may seem convenient, but it’s very easy to lose track of how much plastic we’re using and not recycling. From bottles to one-use bags and large corporations producing and selling endless amounts of disposable plastic, it’s important we all make everyday changes to help reduce the scary amount of plastic pollution in the Earth’s environment that adversely affects wildlife, habitat, and humans.

A whopping 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics has been produced on Earth since the 1950’s – that’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK, ankle-deep, more than ten times over.

Everyday plastic items are often thrown away and not recycled, all of which can be replaced by reusable alternatives which will help to reduce plastic pollution. Here are a few alternatives that we would recommend:

  • Avoid disposable plastic cutlery and use stainless steel cutlery instead
  • Invest in a reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable bottles of water. Look out for the free Refill stations across the UK where you can top up your reusable bottle
  • Take your reusable travel mug into your local coffee shop instead of using single-use takeaway cups
  • Remember to use a bag for life instead of one-use plastic bags
  • Use Tupperware boxes rather than cling film

Less than 14% of plastic packaging is recycled

A frighteningly low figure! There are many resources online which can help businesses to implement recycling initiatives into their everyday practices, such as the ‘How To Recycle At Work guides’ from Wrap and these useful resources on the Recycle Now website.

Approximately 8 million pieces of plastic enter our oceans every day.

As a result of the increasing rates of plastic pollution, our marine life is threatened by entanglement, ingesting plastic, and disruption of their habitats.

Did you know that 75% of deep ocean fish have been found to have ingested plastic particles?

Which is why it’s so important for businesses to produce products with as little plastic packaging as possible, the fewer plastic packaging made, the less likely it is to contaminate our oceans – take inspiration from the world’s first plastic-free shopping aisle, launched in Amsterdam earlier this year!

Nearly one million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute around the world

Did you know this figure is expected to grow a monstrous 20% by 2020?! You can see why it’s so important to recycle any plastic that you do use so we can prevent this from happening. You can also take a look at our top 3 tricks to avoid using plastic bottles, which will help you keep your plastic usage to a minimum.

 

If this blog wasn’t spooky enough for you this Halloween, take a look at last year’s terrifying blog post: Behold the fatberg, the disgusting drainage disaster!

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