Many of the products we encounter throughout our daily lives are packaged using plastic materials, from food and drink to toiletries and household cleaning products.In the UK we use around 275,000 tonnes of plastic every year, that’s around 15 million bottles per day.
In the first 10 years of the century we manufactured more plastic than the whole of the 20th century.
It is unsurprising that we have become so reliant on plastic materials as for the manufacturer it is relatively inexpensive; can keep food produce fresher for longer and plastic bottles are strong great for keeping many household cleaning products and toiletries items!
Whilst the endurance of plastic makes it a great material it is for this very reason it causes huge strains on the environment. It takes an estimated 500- 1000 years for it to biodegrade, furthermore around 50% of the plastic we use is used once and thrown away, and eight million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year.
We are continuously reminded of the importance of recycling and for many of us it has become a routine, by continuing to recycle and making simple changes to the products we purchase can make all the difference.
Small changes which you can make include:
- Using recyclable coffee cups the UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year, less than 1% of which are recycled
- Swap plastic straws for the eco-friendly paper alternative. Many bar/bar and restaurant chains are implementing these changes and there have been arguments for a tax similar to the 5p carrier bag charge
- Bring reusable shopping bags to the shops, or swap for an environmentally friendly paper alternative. Since the 5p carrier bag charge was introduced in England there has been an astonishing 85% drop in plastic bag usage
- Britain gets through 15 million plastic bottles every day, many of these are thrown away and many find their way into the sea. A new scheme started in January aimed at cutting plastic bottle use by introducing thousands of water fountains in shops and cafes across the UK
Recycling household plastic packaging has such a positive impact on our environment, decreasing the need for raw materials which helps save energy. Did you know?-it takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using virgin materials. Once recycled your discarded plastic items can have a new lease of life as new bottles; clothing; children’s toys; plastic tubs and trays; or even 100% recycled plastic furniture!
All of the furniture you see on our website is manufactured from plastic previously destined for landfill. In its past life it will have lived as a plastic milk bottle at the breakfast table, and will now have a second life as a picnic table or seating for many years to come! Download our catalogue today or view our website for the full range!