We need to talk about plastic bottles!
If we keep producing and buying single-use plastics at the rate we have over the last couple of decades then by 2050 there will be more plastic, by weight, in the ocean than there are fish – a scary thought isn’t it?
If that doesn’t shock you then about the fact that people who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year. Last August, the results of a study by Plymouth University reported plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish.
One of the main contributors is plastic bottles and while the production of throwaway plastics has grown hugely over the last 20 years, the systems to control, reuse and recycle them haven’t.
Around a million plastic bottles are bought every minute across the World, in the UK some 38.5m plastic bottles are used every day – only just over half make it to recycling, while more than 16m are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment and oceans each day.
More than 480bn plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world, up from about 300bn a decade ago. If placed end to end, they would extend more than halfway to the sun. By 2021 this will increase to 583.3bn, according to the most up-to-date estimates from Euromonitor International’s global packaging trends report.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Entrepreneurs around the world are constantly coming up with ideas to use plastic that is recycled from plastic bottles, from roof tiles to boats and even houses. This all sounds great but the biggest issue isn’t the process of recycling, it’s the fact that someone has to collect them in the first place and we, as individuals and companies, need to take more responsibility for where the plastic ends up.
An easier consideration is not to buy them in the first place.
We all know that water is good for you; on average, health professionals recommend that you aim to drink around 6-8 glasses of water a day. Health experts have also advised that the best way to stay hydrated is to drink little sips often, to maintain a healthy hydration balance.
Switching from buying single-use plastic bottles to water coolers is one way to help – it’s a more cost-effective and eco-friendly way of consuming all the water that you need. With a choice of styles, they are coolers that will fit in your home, your office, your waiting room, your gym…the list goes on.
REFILL NOT LANDFILL
Unlike plastic water bottles, water coolers provide clean, fresh water from large reusable and recyclable water bottles, this drastically reduces the number of water bottles your family members or employees throw away.
Here at Home2 Office, when our large water bottles reach the end of their life they are recycled and never end up in the landfill.
We ensure we are distributing our products in the most efficient way to reduce our carbon emissions from our vehicles.
No fertilisers or pesticides are used on the land where our water comes from.
We don’t waste any water resources, excess water used in the bottling process filters back into the strata to continue nature’s cycle.
Between the environmental, financial and, of course, health benefits of a safe and hygienic supply of water, it’s clear that a culture of refilling your own reusable water bottle, rather than buying single-use plastic bottles, is on the rise and in turn, will help tackle one of the most serious environmental problems of our time.
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