Did you know that in Britain, we use 13 billion plastic bottles every year? Around half of them are recycled, but that leaves 7.7 billion that go unrecycled.
Thankfully, the culture around plastic usage is changing.
At the moment, plastic bottles make up around a third of all plastic pollution in the sea - and they take around 450 years to disintegrate.
What’s more, around 700,000 plastic bottles are littered in the UK every day. It’s a problem, but one we can tackle with some simple acts.
At the bottom of this article, we’ve listed out 15 ways you can help to reduce our collective plastic usage.
Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint. It’s over 1,000 times that of tap water. In fact, a 2013 study estimated that it takes 1.39 litres of water to produce a single litre of packaged water.
If we stopped producing plastic bottles, we’d save more greenhouse gas emissions than if we scrapped 1 million cars.
Eradicating plastic bottles entirely might be a little ambitious, but the 65% reduction by 2025 target is certainly doable. It’s set to create over 115,000 jobs, too!
In the UK, 2.5 billion coffee cups a year are thrown away. Around 1% of them get recycled. Sounds small? That’s because most coffee cups have a coating that means they can’t be easily recycled. Remember: bringing your reusable coffee cup could have a huge impact on our recycling culture.
Reducing plastic pollution is something we can all do together.
Here are 15 quick tips you can put into action today.