Say NO to plastic bottles - See Why here
We all know that drinking our recommended intake of 8 glasses of water a day is important, but what we drink it out of is also just as important.
Due to busy schedules, a lot of us find buying bottled water easier or have no choice than to resort to the office water cooler to stay hydrated at work. In addition to this, nearly a third of people admit to using bottled water at home, according to a OnePoll survey.
It has been reported that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles, including hair products, cleaning goods and water bottles, are used every day in Britain. However, according to RecycleNow, 16 million of these are not being recycled (1). It is estimated that there will be another un-recycled 29 billion plastic bottles in 2020.
The average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is 450 years. That means the plastic bottles that we incorrectly dispose of will be polluting the environment for many decades to come.
A number of plastic bottles have BPA (Bisphenol A) present. Research has shown that if BPA, an industrial chemical, is present in containers it can sometimes leak into food or beverages. The Food and Drug administration states that BPA is safe at the low levels that occur in food and beverage packaging however exposure to BPA, an endocrine disrupter, is fast becoming a concern due to the diseases it has been allegedly linked with.
Following the success of the plastic bag charge, which has had an 85% decrease in usage, there have been discussions to launch a plastic bottle tax or to ban plastic bottles altogether.
The Daily Mail, recently reported that volunteers found 2,500 plastic bottles in one day while clearing the Thames , have launched a campaign to introduce a new deposit system aimed at reducing the blight of plastic bottles that are not recycled.
What can you do to help?
- Avoid bottled water. Opt for a BPA-free, re-usable bottle such as the Triflask
- Recycle any plastic bottles you have and find
- Choose paper bags over plastic carrier bags
- Bring your own reusable shopping bag
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags by replacing them with a reusable lunch box
(1) Recycle Now – October 2016
(2) Daily Mail – February 2017 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4182562/2-500-plastic-bottles-Thames-just-one-day.html