You might have not realised that you’re polluting the air through everything you do in the day including: wasting energy, using a diesel car or simply using a plastic cup. The one that we would focus on in this article would be single-use plastics.

The life of a plastic water bottle…

Single-use plastics have a long life cycle. A typical plastic bottle would start it’s life in a chemical factory where the initial bottle is created. The factory would use tonnes of energy that would have it’s own life cycle. Then it would be transported to a port where the cups would go to a bottling factory via ships that use energy and create carbon footprints. When the ship reaches the port, it would then have to go into a petrol-powered truck to go to a bottling plant where it would be labelled and filled with water.

Meanwhile, a water tanker would be coming back from a watering plant to go to the bottling plant. An 18 wheeler would then transport the filled water bottles to a supermarket warehouse. When the supermarket runs out of their current stock, they would then transport the water bottle along with other bottles to a supermarket. Finally the consumer would buy and use it until it’s empty. Hopefully, the garbage collection truck would come and put the bottle in landfill. The remains would stay there for over 700 years. That’s only the story of one plastic bottle.

Don’t freak out!

There are lot’s of ways to prevent this. You could: stop buying and using plastic cups and bottles and invest in a reusable cup or bottle instead. To be extra Eco-friendly, you could use this weekly checkbox as a guide.

  • Use 0 plastic bottles in a week
  • Use 0 plastic cups in a week
  • Use a bag-for-life twice in a week
  • Invest/use a reusable water bottle
  • Reuse single-use bags at least twice a week

Be wise, think twice!

Author Credit: Naman Patel, Lower Schoolroom

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