Plastic Free July: Where does most plastic waste come from?
If you’ve been trying to reduce your plastic usage this Plastic Free July, you might be surprised at how difficult it can be, or at how much single-use plastic you actually use. Whilst China produces the highest share of mismanaged plastic waste, news last year suggested that the US and UK produce more plastic waste per person than any other major countries, amounting to a huge 99kg per person, per year.
So how do we generate so much plastic waste?
Cigarette butts, which contain tiny plastic fibres in their filters, have been found to be the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment, with drink bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, shopping bags, straws and stirrers the next most common items. Only 9% of plastic waste ever produced has been recycled.
Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are bought each and every minute – less than 50% are collected for recycling, and only 7% are turned into new bottles. Because of mismanaged plastic waste, these items find their way into our oceans, the environment and even our food chains.
It is estimated that plastic bottles take 450 years to biodegrade. If you’re worried about drinking tap water and prefer bottled mineral water, it can be difficult to make a change. But with much of bottled water containing microplastics, it could be kinder on your health and on the planet to make a change.
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