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According to Recycle Now, it is estimated that in the UK, an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used every day. 16 million of these bottles are not recycled. It takes around 450 years for 1 plastic bottle to biodegrade, posing as a threat to the planet, environment and consumers.
It is thought that around 79% of plastic ever created is still in our environment. With less than half of the plastic bottles used every day in the UK not being recycled, many plastic bottles are ending up in landfill and sometimes the ocean, causing increasing concerns about the impact on the environment and wildlife.
Production of plastic bottles and their impact on the environment is also a concern relating to the consumption of natural resources. Production of plastic bottles involves the use of non-renewable, limited natural resources including fossil fuels, as well as the use of oil releasing pollution into the environment.
It is thought that by 2025, the ocean will contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish. Plastic waste and in particular, bottles can be harmful to fish, seabirds and other marine life. Animals in the sea can mistake plastic for food, causing choking, internal injuries and sometimes death. Marine life ingest plastic debris and microplastic particles, which can be harmful and potentially fatal. Entanglement is also a major concern whereby animals become trapped within plastic waste.
Whilst the health implications of consuming microplastics are currently unknown, there are concerns that the plastic particles are making their way up the food chain to human seafood eaters. Plastic bottles in the ocean break down into tiny microplastic particles and are consumed by marine life and ultimately, us. Discover more about removing plastic from drinking water here.
With single-use plastic being a major pollutant causing harm to the environment and the oceans, reducing the amount of single-use plastic bottles used is a simple change that families and households can make to help to reduce waste and save our planet.
Installing a home water filter is a cost-effective alternative to bottled water, providing delicious water straight from the tap and eliminating the need to purchase bottled water for consumption at home. Discover the Doulton® range of under-counter and counter-top home filter systems for healthy water free from contaminants and packed full of taste. Discover more about reducing plastic waste at home here.
Bottled water is often purchased whilst out and about, as a convenient solution to staying hydrated on the go. The Doulton® TASTE filter water bottle is an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic water bottles, allowing you to fill up again and again at public taps and drinking fountains, with the assurance that the water you are drinking is clean and free from contaminants. Discover more about reducing plastic waste on the go here.