The fun facts that aren’t so fun.
300 million tonnes – the amount of plastic produced every year
8 million tonnes -the amount of plastic dumped in our oceans every year
8.3bn tonnes – the amount of plastic produced since the 1950s
By 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish
Plastic makes up 95% of the rubbish in our oceans
90% of the world’s seabirds have plastic in their stomachs
175 – the number of plastic water bottles bought per Londoner per year
Be part of the solution not part of the problem
You can do something to help, make a conscious decision to choose a plastic alternative. Here are some companies we’ve found…
Don’t buy a plastic bottle, Refill it
Every minute, one million plastic bottles are bought around the world, and that figure is expected to go up 20% by 2021 .
According to the Environmental Audit Committee consumption of bottled water has doubled over the last 15 years, with over 7 billion plastic water bottles used each year in the UK.
You can be part of the change by simply choosing to Refill instead of buying a new bottle. Did you know there are water refill stations popping up all over the UK? They are usually installed near the bathrooms in Airports & Train Stations. Most major train stations now have a refill station including Paddington, Waterloo & Euston. If you can’t find a refill station, remember don’t be afraid to ask a cafe, restaurant, pub to refill your water bottle.
If you feel a little weird asking a random shop, then look for the Refill sticker in the shop front or download the Refill App to find your nearest Water Refill.
Don’t have one yet? Check out the Reusable Water Bottles We Love
In the UK, over 35 million bottles are consumed each day, with around 16 million of those going unrecycled.
Investing in a reusable water bottle is a small action all of us can take to help tackle the problem. We’ve found a selection that are worth shelling out for, all free from BPA (a chemical used to make certain types of plastic that research shows can affect your health if it seeps into your water).
Find your new reusable bottle here.
2.3 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet. That’s roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
Who Gives A Crap was launch in July 2012 after a successful crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo.
Since their first launch they have been continuing to donate 50% of profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
Why do we also love them? Their packaging is also plastic free and can be used for wrapping all your gifts this year or scrunch the paper wrapping up to use instead of bubble wrap!
The number of plastic toothbrushes that get discarded every year are in the billions, They either end up floating in the ocean where they can damage ecosystems or filling up giant landfills.The family run business at GreenMonkeyBamboo are trying to help stop this by providing bamboo toothbrushes, which can be decomposed in to the soil after use instead of thrown into landfill. One step towards helping to save our planet.
GreenMonkeyBamboo want to help you keep your toothy pegs clean with an eco option so head over to their site below to get yours today
Pela: Time to Rethink Plastic Smartphone Cases
- Why do conventional plastic smartphone cases need to last for hundreds or even thousands of years in a landfill when the average person only keeps their smartphone for 18 months?
- Why are farmers burning flax straw when we could be using its unique physical properties to create environmentally friendly bio-plastic products, and at the same time provide the farmers with additional income?
- Why are the majority of smartphone cases made with conventional plastic in China then shipped thousands of kilometres across the ocean to North America to be used for an average of 18 months, then left to pollute our landfills for hundreds or even thousands of years
Find out more about Pela Phone cases