It’s well documented that household plastics are a huge threat to our environment. According to Earthday.org, It’s estimated that world plastic production stands at around 340 million metric tonnes, with half of annual plastic production destined for single-use products.
Just to add a little more perspective to that, it’s estimated that one million plastic bottles are sold per minute and 4 trillion plastic bags are produced annually – 100 billion of which are thrown away in the US alone. It’s a pretty eye-opening thought, isn’t it?
Though small, single-use plastics are a very large and very real issue. Devastating habitats, killing wildlife and some recent studies have even discovered microplastics in drinking water.
The production of plastic seems relentless, and while alternatives are being produced and households and businesses take a more environmentally friendly approach to their own plastic waste, it doesn’t detract from the fact that a lot of damage has already been done.
In this post, we wanted to highlight just how severe the problem has become and just how widespread the issue of single-use plastics and plastic pollution is in general. It’s a frightening fact that it really does seem that nowhere is safe from harm.
You might question how you can possibly help with such a dire situation, but there are things you can do that WILL make a difference. Below are a list of simple things every individual can do to help reduce plastic waste:
There are so many things that can be done to help reduce plastic waste, and it doesn’t have to be a complete lifestyle change to begin with either. Starting with the basics is a great way to help reduce plastic waste and you’ll be extremely surprised by the difference it can make.
While it can be startling to see the impact single-use products have, it underlies the need to focus on good quality, sustainable materials. Check out our external oak doors which are designed with longevity and efficiency in mind.
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