We are committed to reducing the amount of plastic bottles in the world.
1 million bottles every minute….
The plastic bottles for water is the the biggest source of plastic waste. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and this will increase by some 20% by 2021. Only 10-20% is recycled and the rest ends up in landfills or in our oceans. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the same size as India, and is growing.
As of 2018, about 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to 2018, an estimated 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced worldwide, of which an estimated 9% has been recycled and another 12% has been incinerated.
Plastic and health
The below overview is copied from this page. Much more information is available, but this short list should be indicative enough to show the negative impacts of plastic chemicals:
- A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that BPA was found in 93% of urine samples taken from people above the age of six.
- Bisphenol A also known as BPA, used to make billions of plastic beverage containers, dinnerware, protective linings of food cans and toys, is considered an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can both decrease or increase endocrine activity in humans and cause adverse health effects.
- Based on the weight of existing evidence, it is likely that elevated urinary BPA levels are associated with prostate cancer in humans and may be an independent diagnostic marker in prostate cancer patients.
- Some animal studies have indicated adverse effects of BPA on newborns and fetuses.
- Breast milk of most women in the developed world contains dozens of compounds including BPA that have been linked to negative health effects.
- Growing literature links many Phthalates, which are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break, with a variety of adverse outcomes including weight gain and insulin resistance, decreased levels of sex hormones, and other consequences for the human reproductive system both for females and males.
- When food is wrapped in plastic containing BPA, phthalates may leak into the food. Any migration is likely to be greater when in contact with fatty foods such as meats and cheeses than with other foods.
- In general, it is not recommended to heat food in plastic containers with the codes 3 and 7. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service advises Americans not to reuse margarine tubs, take-out containers, whipped topping bowls, and other one-time use containers, which are more likely to melt and cause chemicals to leach into food.
- The label BPA-free in a container of bottle doesn’t mean a product is free from other harmful chemical compounds that are slightly different but have a different name.