In a recent report by The Guardian, it was predicted that our plastic bottle consumption could soon create an environmental crisis as serious as climate change. With a million bought around the world every minute, plastic bottles are quickly finding their way into landfills and oceans. Not only are sea creatures affected by the toxins leaking into their ecosystems, humans are ingesting tiny pieces of plastic every time they consume seafood, increasing the global concern for human health and food safety. As plastic bottle consumption is set to increase another 20% by 2021, it is crucial that we shift to a circular economy for plastics, in order to promote reuse, save billions, and decouple plastics production from fossil fuel consumption.
Influenced by the western “on the go” culture, China is responsible for most of the heightened bottled water demand, making up almost a quarter of the world’s consumption. This growth is driven by increased urbanization, as well as the desire for healthy living and ongoing concerns about tap water quality. Following suit, other countries in the Asia Pacific region, such as India and Indonesia, have witnessed strong growth.
In typical plastic bottles, petrochemical-based compound takes hundreds of years to decompose. Meanwhile, plastic drinking bottles could realistically be made out of 100% recycled plastic, but big drink companies are holding back on account of cosmetic appearance. By doing so, these companies are affecting all of the planet’s ecosystems and organisms. It’s time that we put a stop to the damage plastic does to our planet. Find out more about how plastic bottle consumption could be as important as climate change here.