Did you know that …
- When you pick up a bottle of water, imagine that it takes 3 full bottles of water and a quarter of a bottle of oil to produce it. This is the amount of fuel needed to make one plastic water bottle. In other words, according to the research of international researchers, to produce each one-liter bottle of water, the equivalent of 5.6 to 10.2 million joules of energy and three liters of water are consumed, and the equivalent of 165.6 grams of carbon dioxide is produced. to be In fact, drinking a bottle of water is equivalent to driving a “car” for a distance of one kilometer.
- According to Waste Watch statistics in 2003, about 60% of plastic waste in 2000 was packaging.
- China has banned the import of millions of tons of plastic waste, which has caused an increase in waste in UK recycling units.
- World Environment Day is the favorite day of the United Nations to promote environmental awareness and actions. On this day, individuals, organizations and communities are requested to reduce the pollution caused by plastics in their surrounding environment. According to the statistics of this organization, 500 billion plastic bags are used every year and 90% of plastic water bottles contain plastic particles.
- Global plastic production has alarmingly doubled in the last 10-15 years. This is despite the fact that the ban on plastic bags in nearly 100 countries has had a tremendous impact, which requires more activity and design to reduce global dependence on plastic.
Plastic production has increased significantly over the past 60 years because plastic is inexpensive, lightweight, durable, and can be easily molded into a variety of products for a wide range of applications. About 4% of global production of oil and gas (which are non-renewable resources) are used as raw materials for plastic and 3-4% more than this, energy is used for their production. Recycling is the only option available to reduce the negative impact of mountains of plastic waste in landfills and oceans. But recycling is neither easy nor a sustainable option. Plastic recycling has been started since the 1970s. How did we end up with a lot of plastic waste today?
Check out the following facts:
- Almost all types of plastics can be recycled. But its amount depends on the technology available in each country. For example, most recycling centers in the UK only recycle plastic bottles because they are heavier than other plastics and easier to sort.
- There are more than 50 types of plastic, which are a bit more difficult to sort than other materials.
- Most packaging contains more than one type of polymer, which makes recycling more difficult.
Moreover, most of us still do not know which of our household wastes can be recycled. There are many materials that we don’t know if they can be recycled or not. If recyclable waste is placed in the wrong bins, it will end up in landfills with other waste. Also, plastic bottles that contain a little soft drink cannot be recycled and will be removed from the recycling cycle.