According to research, it is estimated that by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic by weight than fish. If that scary statistic doesn’t change your ways, then nothing will! Next time you throw away a plastic product take a moment to think about its ongoing journey. Will it end up in a landfill, a river, the ocean? How long will it sit there for? A day, a week, a month, a year… more likely 500 years and that’s if it isn’t picked up by a bird or swallowed by an unsuspecting whale.
The life cycle of plastic is terrifying! Toothbrushes, for example, are made from polypropylene plastic and nylon and can take up to 500 years or more to decompose! Those oh so convenient coffee pods also take in excess of 500 years to breakdown, releasing harmful amounts of methane gas as they do so. Disposable nappies are also part of the 500 year club, and once in a landfill, they can contaminate groundwater, posing serious threats to the environment. Plastic bottles can hang around for up to 450 years if not recycled and, according to WWF, the energy required to produce and transport plastic water bottles could fuel an estimated 1.5 million cars for a year!
While recycling is one solution, an even better solution is to look for plastic alternatives. Join us this marine month and say NO to plastic. 🌱 Visit our online store today to shop a wide range of plastic alternatives. .
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