Say no to single-use coffee cups and plastic bottles, and get yourself one of these cool reusable cups and bottles instead.
Since the inception of its mass production in the early 1950s, 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic has been produced. About 60% of that plastic has ended up in either landfill or the natural environment.
Although many of us are conscious about recycling, the reality is that the majority of the world’s plastics do not get recycled. In fact, only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. Instead we have plastic waste choking our waterways, piling up in landfills, polluting our soil as chemicals leach from the plastics, killing marine wildlife, and ending up in our food as microplastics. A mind-blowing 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year.
According to statistics from the United Nations if current levels of pollution continue there will be more plastic than fish in the seas by 2050. And single-use plastics— that’s bottles, cups, cutlery, straws, plastic bags and wrappers—are a huge contributor to this.
The world’s population consumes 1 million plastic bottles every minute, of which only 1 in 5 is recycled. Of the further 500 billion disposable cups that are produced every year, less than 2% are recycled at the end of their life. But, they're paper you say. Well, not really. Most of these single-use “paper” cups contain a polyurethane coating, making recycling difficult and rare. Used for just a few moments, these plastic items take hundreds of years to finally decompose.