Plastic binge predicted to become as serious as Climate Change

Plastic containers are polluting oceans, rivers and creeks

It’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 and global annual consumption of plastic containers is set to top half a trillion by 2021.

You may ask why when recycling of plastic bottles through the Container Refund Scheme is capturing millions in Queensland alone, and trendy companies are recycling containers into T-shirts, shoes and other polyester items.

It’s because a report from Euromonitor International stated that globally we humans are purchasing a million plastic bottles every single minute.

That works out to be 20 000 bottles a second! Almost half a trillion bottles a year!

Don’t you think it’s time to invest in a water filter at home and a stainless steel water bottle for outings?

The amount of consumption far outstrips recycling efforts, and it seems a surge in usage reveals people think its alright to continue to purchase them.

In 2016 more than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold throughout the world yet by 2021 this is expected to increase to 583.3 billion according to Euromonitor International’s estimates.

Most soft drink and water bottles are made from Polyethylene (PET) which is highly recyclable, however and that’s a big however, the efforts to collect and recycle the bottles are failing to keep up with human consumption.

Where does all this plastic end up? Only 7% is recycled so the rest end up in landfill and our oceans.

Experts warn that humans who eat seafood are ingesting tiny plastic particles

Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology

Nearly 18 tonne of marine plastic pollution was located on an uninhabited coral toll in the South Pacific ocean two years ago, now imagine the threat to the marine environment today.

How can you help avert this crisis? And if you negate the use of plastic containers completely, you’re actions could impact others, causing a domino effect.

It’s important to make known the catastrophe that lies ahead of us and give it the prominence it deserves. If you feel inclined please share this article on social media platforms to help inform readers of the threats to our environment, planet and species.

#environment#savetheenvironment#recycle#containersforchange#savetheocean

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I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories and articles I feel are worth writing about.

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