Waterlogic is committed to help reduce the impact of the single-use plastic pollution pandemic that the world is currently facing, through encouraging solutions that support healthier oceans, free from single-use materials. One such initiative includes our range of bottled water coolers which make sure to reuse plastic bottles by refilling the empties. We then recycle the bottles when they reach the end of their useful life and encourage every business we work with to adopt the same refill, reuse or recycle mindset.
However, the time has come to encourage action on a much wider scale and consider how our choices affect the environment.Even a simple switch to a dispenser certified with the Carbon Reduction Label from the Carbon Trust – an independent proof of the carbon-friendly nature of your water cooler and could help your business reduce its carbon footprint by as much as 72-percent.
How do single-use plastic bottles impact the environment?
When thrown in the bin...
When thrown out a window...
The Port of London Authority removes 250 tonnes of debris from the Thames each year, highlighting the majority is plastic that’s been washed into the waterway as a result of careless habits.
When dropped at the beach...
Over 150 bottles litter every mile of UK coastline showcasing how one dropped bottle adds to an already significant problem, not to mention the other 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution per mile of beach.
Our oceans are drowning in plastic
A less-understood risk hides in toxicity within fish supplies. Studies highlight upwards of 35 percent of fish destined for human consumption now have plastic in their stomachs so, even if some are less concerned when a six-ton whale succumbs to plastic poisoning, should we not be worried about single- use plastic entering the human food chain?
Mass-produced materials such as polyethylene (plastic bags) is one product we simply must remove and, fortunately, the government has started to act. However, given researchers recently unearthed significant quantities of the plastic in arctic ice, it’s clear that more drastic policies cannot come soon enough.
In the UK, the government is taking a stand. Following the successful levy on single-use plastic bags, on 22nd October 2018, the authorities set their stall to outlaw plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers with the ban on the distribution and sale of these items coming into force at some point within the next 18 months.The 5p plastic bag tax has helped the UK reduce plastic bag usage by up to 85%, which has seen a 30% decrease in plastic bags found on the seabed across all countries who have followed a similar initiative – a remarkable outcome that highlights the link between human consumption habits and marine pollution.
What can I do to reduce my use of single-use plastic?
- Carry a reusable water bottle or coffee cup;
- Carry a cloth bag for shopping;
- Buy loose food like fruits and vegetables from local grocers and farmer markets;
- Eliminate the use of plastic cutlery and straws;
- Pack your lunch in glass containers and avoid using zip lock bags.
2019 is the year to end our reliance on single-use plastic
This extends from the focus of World Earth Day on protecting our species from the impact of plastic pollution to the determination of World Environment Day. It’s never too late to make a change, but time is running out. We must act decisively and soon. Moreover, every action must tackle the scale of the issue - from manufacturers to consumers and beyond.