Single-use Plastic Pollution
Single-use plastic has been at the forefront of conversations recently. Plastic surrounds us at every moment of every day. Computers, phones, components in our cars and worst of all the packaging of our products. It’s the last one of those that we want to talk about. Single-use plastic refers to products like straws, grocery bags and water and soft drink bottles.
What Makes Single-Use Plastics So Bad
Over the last 10 years, more plastics have been produced than in the entirety of the last century. About half of this is single-use, which we throw away. In America, 35 billion plastic bottles are thrown away annually, while the entire world uses 500 billion plastic bags per year.
A grand total of 5% of these products are actually recycled, which means that 95% of our plastic waste is discarded and ends up in landfills, rivers and of course our oceans. Now consider that 46% of plastics float and will drift around the ocean for a very long time.
So why is this so bad? Well, the environmental impact caused by a piece of plastic, that has taken no more than 10 minutes to create, will go on for anywhere between 500 and 1000 years. Seabirds are the hardest hit by plastic pollution. One million seabirds are killed as a direct cause of oceanic pollution each year.
Plastic never really disappears. It gets degraded into microparticles which remain in the oceans. The chemicals from plastic namely BPA can be absorbed by the body and a recent study found that 93% of Americans, aged 6 years and up have tested positive for BPA.
Single-use plastic is detrimental to our ecosystems. Reducing the amount of plastic you use is the only way to reduce the impact it has on the environment. Chat with us about our coolers and our reusable water cooler bottles on 0330 123 3309 or drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.